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Saturday, March 04, 2006

liars for goode

Mark in comments on Waldo's site and Lisa in a post point our attention to this LTE (no permalink available) from State Sen. Frank Ruff (R) in the Farmville Herald:

Rep. Goode Has 'The Highest Character'

Editor, The Herald:

I write in amazement that Congressman Virgil Goode's potential opponents in this fall's election have made the following statements regarding Mitchell Wade and his company:

Al Weed was quoted saying, "there is a strong taint about the whole thing."

Bern Ewert said that he was "very sad about this continuing story" and that he wanted to "bring honest representation to Washington

Let me clearly state what the people of the Fifth Congressional District already understand— that we presently have good and honest representation in Virgil Goode and there is absolutely no "taint" surrounding his name.

I have been privileged to know Virgil Goode for over 30 years. I have always considered Virgil a man of the highest character, integrity and honesty.

Virgil Goode has been working tirelessly to bring jobs and economic opportunity to our communities. Our region has been devastated by the loss of Jobs over the last decade and Congressman Goode is constantly working with local leaders to revitalize the economy in our communities.

I find it truly amazing that anyone would even consider running for any office by attacking an incumbent whose morals are beyond reproach for working to create needed jobs.

Virgil Goode's character is beyond question - his political opponent's motives, in my opinion, are not.

Frank Ruff

Clarksville

And it is through this that one might understand the republican strategy when a fellow Party Member gets caught being naughty -- in our case, accepting suspicious campaign contributions from a defense contractor in a time of war, and then inserting earmarks into a defense appropriations bill that would directly benefit the contributing corporation (aka, war profiteering.)

The Republican's Guide to Skirting the Issue
  • Step 1: Clutch pearls. ("I write in amazement...")

  • Step 2: Accuse truth-seekers of playing politics. ("...that Congressman Virgil Goode's potential opponents in this fall's election have made the following statements regarding Mitchell Wade and his company.")

  • Step 3: Lie. ("[w]e presently have good and honest representation in Virgil Goode and there is absolutely no "taint" surrounding his name.")

  • Step 4: Mount high horse. ("I have been privileged to know Virgil Goode for over 30 years. I have always considered Virgil a man of the highest character, integrity and honesty.")

  • Step 5: Smear. ("I find it truly amazing that anyone would even consider running for any office by attacking an incumbent whose morals are beyond reproach for working to create needed jobs. Virgil Goode's character is beyond question - his political opponent's motives, in my opinion, are not.")


Ruff fails to offer any substantive defense of Goode's little arrangement with MZM in that, well, all he offers about Goode are ad hoc personal praise and those lies about "working tirelessly to bring jobs and economic opportunity to our communities."

The hilarity reaches a climax when he writes, "Congressman Goode is constantly working with local leaders to revitalize the economy in our communities," he's referring to the MZM deal in Martinsville that's at the heart of this whole thing.

Hyperboles aside (it's beyond vomit-inducing,) why does Ruff offer absolutely no concrete justification for dismissing suspicion of Goode's insertion of earmarks into bills that would ALMOST CERTAINLY PASS and result in benefits for MZM, and instead immediately pitch a fit about those nasty democrats-who-always-just-want-to-make-people-look-bad?

It's not like Goode has the ability in Congress to basically allocate, without restriction, our money into whatever project he fancies (i.e. whoever has the most influence over him.)

Oh, wait.

1 Comments:

  • At 8:23 AM, Blogger Mark Brooks said…

    Nice mention, Mario. I have blogrolled you.

    I saw this last night, and smiled and clapped. I have it on good authority that Frank has sent the same letter to damn near every paper in the 5th.

    The local paper, Cumberland Bulletin, printed it in full, and didn't make him edit it to include 'in my opinion' at the end, like Ken Woodely did in the Herald.

    Oh well, looks like an astroturf job.

    You are on my site. Welcome.

     

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