(Rudy Giuliani in one of his drag costumes.)
The short answer is the most moderate factions of the republican party, the same people who opposed Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General because he would ‘bring down the whole republican ticket’ now support Pete Snyder. These are the same people who supported Anna Lee for 10th district chair over John Whitbeck, a real conservative who won with over 80% of the vote. Further evidence is today’s announcement that Pete Snyder has received the endorsement of Arlington County GOP chair, Charles Hokanson. Is there any republican committee in Virginia more moderate, aka liberal, than Arlington County? Some people in Fairfax are supporting Pete because they want the most ‘moderate’ candidate and they view only Jeannemarie Davis and Snyder as party moderates. The other five are “too conservative’ according to Fairfax republicans.
Just how moderate/liberal is Pete Snyder? In 1997 Pete worked for Rudy Giuliani in his campaign for Mayor of New York. Let’s not forget, the Liberal Party endorsed Giuliani three times, while the Conservative Party of New York refused to endorse him in any of his runs for office. The Conservative Party was founded by William F. Buckley in 1960 and remains a political force in New York. More about them here. They refused to endorse Giuliani but Pete Snyder supported him. Meanwhile the liberal party endorse Guiliani and said this about him:
The real reason for Snyder’s support among the moderate/liberals in the party support is because he is the candidate who is most like them. They share his views, just as they share the views of Rudy Guiliani. I expect Snyder to gain support at the convention from Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington. The Rest of Virginia? Not so much. The majority attending the convention will be Ken Cuccinelli delegates. Who can forget 2009 when Ken’s supporters and their Gadsden Flags that filled the convention hall? Those delegates will not be supporting the most liberal candidate running for Lt. Governor, but will chose among the five conservatives.
Snyder claims he is full of Big Ideas, but we have yet to see any details of these Big Ideas. While he can steal and parrot positions after other more conservative candidates in the LG race publish we have no idea where Snyder really stands on taxes, economic issues, transportation, abortion, 2nd Amendment or any other issues that concern conservatives. Snyder is running a terrific campaign for Prom King, but this year this race is more important than clever gimmicks and cute ads.
Sorry Pete, but it ain’t you babe.
UPDATE: I learned today that some of Pete’s recent endorsements are the results of meetings facilitated by Pat Mullins, Virginia Republican Chairman. I thought our chairman was supposed to remain neutral in races among republicans. Once again, I have to wonder why establishment Richmond Republicans pulled Pete Snyder into the party last year, grooming him to run for Lt. Governor and eventually Governor? Why chose an unknown, a political outsider and complete novice, when so many republicans in the state have proven records in the party and solid conservative credentials? I’d love to know the answer.