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Goode unaware of probe
Of signatures on his petitions
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode said Tuesday he does not know why the Virginia State Board of Elections is asking for a probe into matters pertaining to his campaign.
State officials are keeping quiet on the investigation request.
The elections board on Monday voted unanimously to ask Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to probe “suspected petition fraud” on forms that the Constitution Party submitted in efforts to get Goode’s name on the ballot for the Nov. 6 presidential election.
In a phone interview, Goode said nobody from either the elections board or the attorney general’s office has contacted him, so he has “no idea” what is behind the board’s request for an investigation.
“I’d like to know” what is going on, he said.
Justin Riemer, deputy secretary for the state board of elections, said in an email that “we are not commenting on the investigation at this time.”
Riemer referred inquiries to the attorney general’s office. Brian Gottstein, Cuccinelli’s director of communications, could not be reached Tuesday afternoon.
Goode, of Rocky Mount, is a former six-term congressman who represented Henry County-Martinsville. He still is collecting signatures to get on Virginia’s ballot, and he already is on more than a dozen other states’ ballots.