Tom Perriello was just announced the winner of the Virginia 5th congressional district race!
Goode was actually one of the most consistent GOP fair traders in the House, voting the fair-trade position on 15 out of 17 votes. So this campaign became one of the country's top "anti-NAFTA-offs," with both the Dem and the GOP running on fair trade.
Goode's campaign website said: “Agreements like NAFTA and the trade provisions in fast track authorization lead to the erosion of this country's vital manufacturing base. I do not favor international trade agreements such as these that result in a loss of American sovereignty and jobs.”
Meanwhile, Perriello committed to: “Reject NAFTA-style agreements and promote fair trade. Fair trade means that imports should not be artificially cheap because of human or environmental degradation.” And in response to a Citizens Trade Campaign questionnaire, Perriello committed to oppose the WTO Doha Round and Colombia, Panama and Korea FTAs, support the renegotiation of NAFTA and replacement of Fast Track, and oppose any trade agreements that include NAFTA-style investor rights, among other commitments. And his campaign and the DCCC ran paid trade ads against incumbent Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) for voting for tax breaks to ship jobs overseas.
This brings our total new fair traders in our report up to 40. (Our net number doesn't shift, since Goode was also a fair trader.)