In the Virginia GOP’s nasty and chaotic 2021 Governor’s race, where the fight to be most like Trump is the most important dynamic, there is the Pete Snyder who claims he’s an “outsider” and “disruptor” who is taking on the “career politicians.”
But when it comes to reality, Virginians know the true Pete Snyder is actually a longtime Washington insider who got rich working for the same establishment and party insiders he claims to be against. Most recently, Snyder has cut a series of closed-door, insider deals that have led to his fellow Republicans accusing him of rigging the GOP’s chaotic convention in his favor.
Virginians will see straight through two-sided Snyder.
Learn the facts:
Pete Snyder says he’s an “outsider,” “disruptor,”¹ and “small business owner.”²
Snyder’s a political hack and longtime party insider who ran a consulting firm that represented lobbying groups and helped elect politicians who have been in Washington for decades, like one of Mitch McConnell’s top allies Roy Blunt.³ He’s also made hundreds of thousands of dollars as a national cable TV talking head⁴ and lost a campaign to be Lt. Governor in 2013.⁵
Pete Snyder claims he’s a “movement conservative.”⁶
Pete Snyder used to say he was a “big fan” of Hillary Clinton and praised Bill Clinton as “the most talented politician of his generation and probably mine as well,” adding that he has “a lot of respect” for him and called him the “big dog.”⁷ He was also paid $140,000 by Harry Reid’s DSCC to help Democrats beat Republicans, in a year where there was a heated election in Virginia that helped the Democrats take back the US Senate.⁸ Before that, he was paid over $10,000 by the DNC during Al Gore’s presidential run.⁹
Pete Snyder attacks “career politicians in Richmond” in his ads.¹⁰
Pete Snyder has donated $130,000 of his own money to send those same Republican politicians to Richmond.¹¹
Pete Snyder is trying to claim he’s a champion for small businesses by boasting “about a cash haul for his COVID-19 relief nonprofit last year.”
A recent investigation found that in a file submitted under penalty of perjury Snyder’s organization lied to the IRS in order to avoid disclosing key information about his small business non-profit. While he was publicly bragging about donating $100,000, his organization quietly told the IRS it had no plans to raise more than $50,000 per year during its first three years. Axios reported that the “erroneous disclosures to the IRS allowed the group to shield from public view key information about its operators, operations and finances.” ¹
¹ Pete Snyder for Governor, accessed 3/8/21; The Schilling Show, 2/24/21
⁷ Fox News, Hannity & Colmes, 7/7/03; Fox News, 2/11/16
⁹ FEC, DNC, 2000