Whose Candidate Will You Support? Leonsis' or Snyder's?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Posted by The Green Miles

Ladies and gentlemen, the Virginia governor's race comes down to a very simple choice.

Do you support the candidate of one of pro sports' most fan-friendly owners? One smart enough to let some of hockey's best minds run his team? Whose personal passion has helped make his team the hot ticket in town and would do anything to bring his fans a title?

Or do you support the candidate of one of pro sports' least-popular owners? One who thinks he's smarter than people who've worked in football their whole lives? Who values his fans only for every last dime he can shake loose from their pockets?

The choice is clear.

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has contributed $50,000 to Creigh Deeds.

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's Redskins have contributed $50,000 to Bob McDonnell.

As Kevin Mack, who originally tweeted Snyder's Redskins contribution, wrote, "Maybe he should have used that money to hire a GM." Leonsis contributed $1,500 to Bob McDonnell early in the cycle, but has since jumped on the Deeds bandwagon in a big way with three separate major contributions.

According to VPAP, Leonsis also contributed $5,000 to Steve Shannon. The Capitals have made no political contributions in Virginia. While Snyder gave $25,000 to Mark Warner in 2001, he has personally made no political contributions since 2002. His Redskins contributed to Jerry Kilgore in 2005. Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner and Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin have made no political contributions in Virginia this year.

UPDATE: An emailer points out Snyder has also been a major supporter of George W. Bush, Frank Wolf, and the Republican National Committee.