2020 GOP Senate Nominee: VA GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Needed Permission From Dem Sen. Warner To Donate | Video | RealClearPolitics

2020 GOP Senate Nominee: VA GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Needed Permission From Dem Sen. Warner To Donate

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Dan Gade, the Republican party's 2020 candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia, shares a story about dealing with Republican 2021 Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Pete Snyder on fundraising matters. In an interview on Chris Stigall's podcast, Gade revealed he sought a campaign contribution from Snyder but the Republican said he would have to check with Democratic Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) for permission first.

Gade spoke highly of former Carlyle Group co-CEO Glenn Youngkin, a Republican who is also seeking the governor's seat in 2021.

"Glenn Youngkin is a guy who ran a company, he ran Carlyle Group, a huge multinational company that had, I think, twice the budget or one-and-a-half times the budget of the entire state of Virginia," Gade said. "So, this is a huge company and he’s used to running huge things and so he could easily do the work of being governor."


UPDATE: A spokesperson for Snyder responds to Gade's claim: “This is completely false. Just another desperate smear from a paid surrogate of one of Pete’s opponents."

GADE: Then there’s a guy, another business guy who’s in the race, and his name is Pete Snyder. And you know, I’ve only talked to Pete a couple of times. I’ll tell you a story, it’s really funny. So, when I first - you know, one of the jobs of any candidate is to call people and ask for money and raise money, and Snyder is a well-known, sort of, rich guy in Virginia. And so I called him and I didn’t get him on the phone, and he called back maybe an hour or two later. And he didn’t identify himself, I didn’t know who it was, you know? And he said, ‘hey, blah, blah, blah’ and he’s talking. And I said, ‘I’m sorry, who is this?’ And he goes, ‘this is Pete Snyder! When you know who I am, you call me back.’ Click, and he hangs up on me. And I’m like, you know, to myself I’m like, ‘you know, I didn’t know who you were before this phone call, but I absolutely know who you are now.’ You know? When somebody says, ‘do you know who I am?’ that’s a clear indication that that’s – I mean, I never served with anybody like that. You know, that level of arrogance is pretty hard to stomach when you come from a tradition of service as I do. And then, like a week before the end of the campaign, he called me and said, “hey I’m ready to give you some money.’ And I said, ‘thank you sir, I really appreciate that.’ And he said, ‘but first I’ve got to call Mark Warner and get his permission because he and I are friends.’ And I was like, ‘ohhhhh.’

HOST: You’re kidding. The Democrat? The Democrat senator Mark Warner?

GADE: My opponent, yes, yes. So he called my opponent to get permission to give me some money, and then gave me a thousand dollars before the end of the campaign. And I thanked him and wrote a thank you note and everything. But, you know, I just feel like if you want a business guy, there’s a successful business guy in the race, and who’s humble enough to work the polls, or you could go with the guy who says to statewide candidates, ‘do you know who I am?’ Well, I do now, yeah, Pete, I know who you are.
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