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Pete Snyder revives Valentine’s pitch as Virginia conservatives’ dream date

RICHMOND — Pete Snyder isn’t through pitching woo to Virginia conservatives.

Last Valentine’s Day, the Northern Virginia technology entrepreneur issued a video styled like a personal ad as he appealed to GOP convention-goers to nominate him for lieutenant governor.

The pitch was funny but Snyder failed to win as many Republican hearts as Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, who went on to lose the general election to Democrat Ralph S. Northam.

Now a Fox News political and business commentator, Snyder is back with another Valentine’s Day appeal. He’s not running for office — his deal with Fox prohibits that for now — but he is looking to drum up a big crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference coming up in March.

“This year, even though I’m not looking for (electoral) love, I don’t want you to think I forgot about you,” Snyder writes in an e-mail. “That’s why I thought I’d try something a bit more ... intimate. If you are interested in taking things to the next level, I’d like to bring you to the most romantic place I know: CPAC.

“That’s right. What says true romance and real commitment better than a few thousand sweaty conservatives talking policy and big ideas for a few days?? Auditing The Fed. Cutting the size and scope of government. Defending liberty. Beating Mark Warner. Taking down Harry Reid. Repealing Obamacare. Huddled up together plotting our Virginia and national comeback. Is there anything more red hot romantic than that???”

Like any good date, Snyder is willing to pick up the tab — though the offer is limited.

“[T]he first 5 folks who hit me back on twitter (@petesnyder) using hashtag #OperationLove will win tickets for a date with me to CPAC March 6-8 at National Harbor,” he writes.

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