I have made known my share of criticism of Pete Snyder’s campaign, but I have also highlighted the praiseworthy attributes and even gone as far as to say that if he does not secure the LG nomination later this month that he would make an excellent candidate for U.S. Senate against Mark Warner next year. He has even been a guest columnist here, so I guess you can say that things have run the gamut.
Today, I want to bring to everyone’s attention the following videos that have been sent to Virtucon contributors and posted here for our readership. These videos lack the required campaign finance disclaimers showing who authorized and paid for their production (and the production value on these is quite good even if the content itself is shoddy in terms of the truth.) They are also posted on throwaway YouTube accounts (Petey InSnyder·No public videos and Ol’ Pete·No public videos) in an effort to make them untraceable and therefore the individuals behind them unaccountable.
First, this video made its debut April 15.
Here’s my review.
Do I blame Snyder for incorporating in Delaware? Heck, no. To this day I don’t understand why Virginia doesn’t just adopt the Delaware corporation code in full and get in on the action.
Vacationing in Nantucket with John Kerry and the Kennedys? First of all, Nantucket is known as the Republican alternative to the more Democratic Martha’s Vineyard. Secondly, I’m pretty certain that many Virginians travel out of state on vacations (some other candidates for LG even leave the country on vacations! GASP!)
Owning office space in Washington, DC? Big deal. That’s where Corey Stewart has his law office, too.
He owns a farm in Mississippi? As I understand it, the farm was inherited, is quite modest, and goes back generations in the family.
Then this video appeared yesterday:
Where to begin with this?
Phil Cox? He has been a staple of GOP politics in Virginia for quite a while and became the Exec. Dir. of the Republican Governors Association under Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s term in office as its chairman.
Chris Reilly lost the primary for Congress in Pennsylvania last year to now U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, so he isn’t a Congressman and NEVER WAS.
Peter Fitzgerald was a U.S. Senator (as the voiceover states), NOT a Congressman (as the text indicates), from Illinois and he has been out of office for 9 YEARS now.
Furthermore, Snyder has raised the most in-state money of any candidate for LG.
Snyder: $434,373 in-state
Stewart: $381,484 in-state
Davis: $266,909 in-state
This video, too, lacks the required disclosure.
To put it bluntly, these videos are both inaccurate AND illegal.
Clearly, someone (and by that I mean a rival Lt. Gov. campaign) has the money and motive to put these out. Do we know which campaign? Well, we have it down to 99.9% certainty on that based upon a variety of factors including a slip-up that the campaign in question made in sending one of those videos to us here.
Stay tuned. This could get very ugly for one of the candidates real soon.