Virginia: Not Goode Fundraising for a 2010 Comeback

Posted July 15, 2009 at 6:42pm

For a man who says he’s seriously considering trying to regain his old seat in Congress, former Rep. Virgil Goode (R) sure isn’t fundraising like he wants to come back to Capitol Hill.

In fact, Goode brought in all of $182 from April 1 to June 30. Goode still has more than $139,000 in cash on hand, due in a large part to the fact that he left more than $200,000 unspent during his failed re-election bid last year against now-Rep. Tom Perriello (D).

Perriello had yet to file his July FEC report as of press time Wednesday, but as of March 31 he had about $215,000 in cash on hand after raising just less than $223,000 in the first quarter.

Goode’s loss was one of the biggest upsets of the 2008 cycle, and party insiders have said the former Congressman would have the right of first refusal in the Republican primary if he wanted a rematch this cycle.

As they wait on Goode, the National Republican Congressional Committee has been working overtime to keep the pressure on Perriello in a district that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won by 3 points last fall. Recently the GOP committee has slammed Perriello for his vote in support of the cap-and-trade bill and his vote against an amendment that would stop funding for the closing of the detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. NRCC officials believe neither vote will play well in the rural and conservative 5th district.