Washington, DC has spoken. Endorse Pete Snyder.
Yes, more beltway bandits have decided to engage in Virginia politics and let us all know what’s in our best interest.
Red State, a national website with generally brilliant commentary, has decided that they know more about Virginia politics than you and me and have featured today an endorsement of Snyder.
Good for Snyder.
The PACs “Ending Spending” and “American Majority” have united Voltron’s powers and have received front page status by Eagle Publishing’s “Red State” to tell those of us outside the beltway what to think.
Never mind the fact that these PACs have donated nearly a quarter-million dollars to the Snyder campaign.
This is not a post to be critical of Snyder. He’s a great American, entrepreneur, running an innovative campaign – all things we have said here before.
My critical beef: there’s a long way to go. And, those with a vested interest in a candidate (aka – donating thousands of dollars) ought to say so…not give off the appearance as if the endorsement is purely based on policy and ideas.
Last week, another LG candidate, Jeannemarie Davis was rightfully excoriated because a campaign staffer sent out an email in which there was an appearance that College Republicans might get what equates to a “Happy Meal” for showing up at the Republican convention as delegates.
Davis’ handling of the situation was, at best, amateur: blaming the staffer for the misstep and promptly kicking the 70-year-old to the curb without taking any personal responsibility herself. That’s not what I would have advised.
But what’s happening with Snyder is something different. There’s a smell test, that, at least to me, smells funny. Mere minutes after the endorsement goes up on RS, the Snyder campaign is blasting out an email touting it? That doesn’t just happen without coordination, in my opinion. Does a donation of $235k get you front page status on Red State?
Look, our proximity to DC is legend. Not only did it give us Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe – not to mention Henry and Lee…but it also gave us Richmond, The Peninsula Campaign, Fredericksburg and Manassas.
Sometimes being close to DC is good….other times it can be scorched earth.
At this moment in time, we have seven candidates running for lieutenant governor and I can’t think of one of them who doesn’t have a foible.
Endorsing now – in mid-February – using what appears to be new media connections and high-dollar donors – is, quite frankly, a false indicator.
There is plenty of time to go. Lots of speeches and debates to be held. Many interviews, handshaking, Facebook images, etc. between now and May 18.
Let’s let the campaign play out before succumbing to who DC wants us to elect.