Virgil Goode, a former Republican congressman from Virginia who served from 1997-2009, was the Constitution Party’s 2012 presidential nominee. He garnered 122,000 votes, or 0.09% of the vote nationwide. Recently, IPR reported that Goode endorsed Donald Trump for the 2016 presidential election and officially joined his campaign team in his home state.
It was soon confirmed that Goode had no longer been a member of the Constitution Party’s national committee since October. From IPR via Ballot Access News:
November 28, 2015 at 8:43 am
The bylaws of the National CP clearly state that any Exec Committee member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings can be removed from the committee.
From Article III: “Any member of the Executive Committee who is absent from three consecutive Executive Committee meetings without having given notice of a good and sufficient reason for such absence to the National Chairman shall be subject to removal by rule of the Executive Committee.”
Mr. Goode was certainly not present at either the fall 2014 meeting in Cincinnati, spring 2015 meeting in Pittsburgh, or fall 2015 meeting in Albuquerque, so I believe this is in the works.
November 28, 2015 at 10:21 am
FYI, I just received the following message from CP National Chairman Frank Fluckiger: “Jeff: It was mentioned in the Executive Committee meeting in Albuquerque [October 30-31, 2016]… He [Virgil Goode] resigned prior to that on a conference call with theinational party leaders… I asked him to be on the phone call to address the issue and give us his side of the story. The conference call ended on very good terms. Thanks for you understanding.”
November 28, 2015 at 10:22 am
It is unclear whether or not Goode will remain a member of the Constitution Party.