In a crowded field of candidates for the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor, every little bit will help. Former tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder is hoping an easy to use web application will set him apart.
Snyder is the first candidate to launch an app that is designed to give attendees to the RPV convention all the tools they need to vote for Snyder at the event. It walks potential delegates through the sign up process and then with the information they input into the system, reminds them of where they need to go and do to cast a ballot for Snyder.
"Pete's not a political insider, he's a tech entrepreneur and innovator who believes in tackling problems with Big Ideas and bold solutions," said Chris Bond, Snyder's Communications Director. "This new app is just the latest way in which Pete is shaking up politics-as-usual to help grow and strengthen our party."
Snyder is a successful businessman who made his money in the tech industry and has attempted to use that expertise in has campaign. His effort to push technology has had it's hiccups. An initial introductory mass e-mail to potential supporters was meant to address each voter specifically, but in many cases the salutation was replaced with an unrecognizable code. The e-mail also pointed readers to an embedded video with our interview with Snyder where he officially announced his campaign for Lt. Governor. In many of the e-mails the video was nowhere to be found.
Since that initial roll-out, Snyder's digital outreach has been sharp and far exceeds what basically any other campaign has attempted.
We will see if this app will help with the generally traditional group of voters that usually attend the Republican Party of Virginia's Convention.
Another Snyder note.. the Bob McDonnell ally has come out against the transportation compromise that emerged from the conference committees today. His full statement on that can be found after the jump.
"Virginia's families and job-creators already face the threat of new taxes from Washington Democrats, and the fact that any Republicans in Richmond would even consider piling on with new taxes of their own is dead wrong. Just like Washington, our problem isn't that Virginia taxes too little, it's that our government spends too much. I'm not a career politician, but I have a successful record of creating jobs in the real world. It's pretty simple—there is a clear path to solving our fiscal problems, and we can do so by getting our spending priorities in order, taking as little money as possible from taxpayers, and making Virginia a haven for companies that will create jobs and grow our economy." — Pete Snyder