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John Dalton

Virgil will be fine. He returned the contributions to those who requested them, and he gave the rest to charity.

Not Larry Sabato

Let's see what Mr. Wade has to say.

Dannyboy

Goode is going to be re-elected easily. Harris' run for Senate was doomed from the start. No new news as far as I'm concerned.

John Dalton

NLS -- I believe that Goode's actions are a matter of public record. I cannot see how Goode could have really helped Wade. He is not on the Defense subcommittee of Appropriations. Their relationship probably stems from the fact that MZM has a facility in Virgil's district.

ZB

Goode will be indicted.

linda ronstadt

This is dedicated to Virgil, whose name fits my song like a charm


I learned my lesson, learned it well
Now you can see,
I can really tell

YOU'RE NO GOODE
YOU'RE NO GOODE
YOU'RE NO GOODE
BABY, YOU'RE NO GOODE

...
Thank you very much!

I'll be doing encore performances all weekend.

John Dalton

I think Linda spent too much time hanging out with Jerry Brown.

linda ronstadt

I think today's guilty plea shows that Virgil spent too much time hanging out with Mitchell Wade... So take that.

I'm gonna say it again

YOU'RE NO GOODE
YOU'RE NO GOODE
YOU'RE NO GOODE
BABY, YOU'RE NO GOODE

truthteller

First of all John Dalton there is such a thing as votes in full committee... so everyone votes of Defense Approps at one point or another.

Secondly the approps subcommittees were recently reshuffled, between the 108th & 109th Congress so your analysis is immaterial. The operative question is not whether Virgil is on DOD Approps now, but whether he was on it THEN!!!

John Dalton

He wasn't on it then, either. Also, yes, there are full committee votes, but the real decisions are made in subcommittee. Frankly, I fail to see where Virgil ahs done anything wrong. Persons gave him contributions. When some were questioned, he offered to refund them, and he donated the ones that were not refunded.

Not Harry F. Byrd, Sr.

Virgil once did a will for a family member of mine for $45. The man sits on a stump. It don't cost much to git his attention.

By the way, since when does returning the contributions excuse a transaction? It's not like you get a mulligan or a "Get Out of Jail Free Card" on this stuff.

Returning stinky money given w/no strings is one thing. If there was pay for play, that's another. We'll see what they have.....

Conaway Haskins

This issue won't gain legs until the local weekly/daily papers in the 5th take it up and push it. Because there are no major media outlets there, most of the locals get their news from Richmond TV stations (Eastern end) or Lynchburg/Roanoke TV stations (on the Western end. The Richmond stations aren't really hitting this issue much.

I'm Not Emeril

Conaway is most likely correct. Look for The Roanoke Times to take a few snide swipes on the Editorial pages, but hard news may ne difficult to come by. The Martinsville Bulletin will report factually (mostly) but not editorialize against him.

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