Yesterday’s April Fool’s post about me running for the U.S. Senate was apparently taken seriously by many more people than I expected. I have had to spend more time tamping down interest from Republican activists and consultants (seriously!) than I ever thought I would.
I just got off the phone with a friend who called to see if the post was real or an April Fool’s joke. After I assured her that it was the latter and not to go setting up meet and greets or fundraisers among the D.C. lobbyist community for me that she offered to do, we started talking about who the GOP should run against Mark Warner next year. Everything that I wrote in my original post aside from me running was accurate.
To say that Mark Warner’s first-term in the Senate has been underwhelming and without notable accomplishment would be an understatement. Aside from lending his name to a couple of the countless (and typically meaningless) bipartisan “Gang of [insert varying number of senators here]” groups, he has done nothing. He has not lifted a finger to reduce the tax and debt burdens on our families. He has not put forward solutions to alleviate our crushing traffic congestion.
What he has done is vote to approve Obamacare which has only led to increased insurance premiums and skyrocketing regulations that threaten to strangle the best health care system in the world.
Mark Warner does not understand the plight of the middle class. How could we expect him to do so? After all, he got rich early in life trading on inside information gained as a congressional staffer, a practice that is now illegal. Ever since then, all he has sought to do is get elected to the Senate — not because he wanted to do something, but because he wanted to be someone.
That is not the kind of senator that Virginians need.
After we tossed around a couple names (as Gov. McDonnell does not seem to be inclined to enter the race) — Bill Bolling, Artur Davis, some of the other LG candidates — we got to Pete Snyder. At that point, it just clicked.
If Snyder does not secure the LG nomination next month, it might not be all for naught. He has certainly built up name I.D. and good will with this campaign and shown that he can fundraise. Sure we’ve made a few jokes at his expense here, but overall he is a likable individual who is handling his first political campaign well.
I would like to see him stop just mentioning “Big Ideas” and actually discuss what those ideas are and how they would improve the lives of Virginians. At the PWC GOP convention a few weeks ago, he talked about “big ideas” and then never elaborated on what those ideas are, but he proceeded to yield back nearly 5 minutes of his alotted time. He has begun to lay them out on his website, but they could use some more meat on the bones. Even then, Snyder has “more there there” than Warner ever has when it comes to policy.
Snyder is telegenic (more so than Warner), hails from Northern Virginia, and has his own ties to Virginia’s business and hi-tech communities to counter Warner’s. If there is anyone on the GOP bench better suited to defeat Warner than Pete Snyder, his or her name escapes me at the moment. Pete Snyder may very well be the GOP’s 2014 version of the Dem’s 2006 Jim Webb – an underdog who goes on to become an unlikely giant slayer.