absence from the 5th District Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner
once again raised questions about whether he would remain a Democrat or
become a Republican or Independent.
Last February, after his vote
to impeach President Clinton, Virgil was not invited to co-host a 5th District
Reception at the Virginia Democratic party's Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner.
Last August, there were rumors
that Republicans would offer Virgil a seat on the House Appropriations Committee
if he would jump the fence.
At the 5th District Dinner this month, Virgil actually bought a table
but was unable to attend. Would he stay or will he go? Virgil promised to
make an announcement sometime this month.
In the meantime, fellow Independent Rep. Bernie Sanders (Vt) -- with
whom Virgil serves on the House Banking Committee -- was promised
an appointment to the House Appropriations Committee by Minority Leader
Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) if Democrats take control of the House.
Now that Virgil Goode has declared himself an independent,
is it possible that he and Bernie Sanders might both end up on the House