March 4, 2021 News & Press Releases

Senator Ebbin and Delegate Sickles Condemn Republican Pete Snyder’s Anti-LGBTQ Statements and Actions

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Richmond, VA — Today, Senator Adam Ebbin and Delegate Mark Sickles released the following statement condemning Pete Snyder for his bigoted comments and his campaign’s pattern of lifting up hateful, anti-LGBTQ voices:

"Pete Snyder’s announcement that he is “proud” and “honored” to be endorsed by far-right figures with a long history of bigotry is shameful. Snyder’s anti-LGBTQ attacks and his decision to go out of his way to court supporters like E.W. Jackson are careless and potentially dangerous. He and other Republicans who seek to degrade the rights of others for political gain are out of touch with Virginia’s values.

This purposeful ignorance and divisiveness has no place in our Commonwealth. We made historic strides towards protecting the rights and advancing the equality of all Virginians since gaining the majority, and we will continue working together to ensure that extremist Republicans like Pete Snyder and their derogatory rhetoric remain in Virginia’s past, not our future."

Snyder has made clear that he is running as a far right candidate who “absolutely” supports Donald Trump and the America First agenda. Recently, Snyder went out of his way to attack transgender children at a GOP candidates forum. 

Snyder has said he is “blessed” to have the endorsement of homophobic conspiracy theorist E.W. Jackson. Snyder announced yesterday he was “proud” to be supported by Eugene Delgaudio, a Loudoun politician with a long history of anti-LGBTQ activism whose organization was designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.