Believe me I’m not proud of it and I was kinda annoyed to learn this news about Ed Snider:
Snider, who oversees the Flyers and 76ers as the CEO of their parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, has not only donated more than $34,000 to GOP causes, including John McCain’s campaign, but also is reportedly a major donor to a hawkish pro-Iraq War group called Freedom’s Watch.
Earlier this month, Snider had Sarah Palin drop the puck for the 1st Flyers game this season and tried to defend the move when it brought boos and heat:
Comcast-Spectacor turned down a request by the Daily News to interview Snider. Last week, Snider told the Inquirer that Palin’s appearance “has nothing to do with politics. This is to have some fun with the fabulous statement she made” – that is, describing herself in political appearances as a “hockey mom” from Alaska.
The Flyers, in the wake of the publicity over the phrase, held an “ultimate hockey mom” contest and then invited Palin to drop the ceremonial opening-day puck with the winner on Oct. 11. The team went out of its way to brand the event as nonpolitical and didn’t even mention her vice-presidential candidacy in its news releases.
Ok, so she’s a hockey mom. I think that’s a lame justification, but I’ll let it go. She only dropped the puck. So how the hell do you explain the group you helped fund bashing my Congressional Candidate. Here’s what I posted Oct 20:
Earlier in the cycle, Freedom’s watch reared their head for Leonard Lance going after Linda Stender. Now we have them doing the bidding of Chris Myers attacking John Adler with a new robo call going into district homes. You can hear the audio and the caller goes after Adler for supposedly supporting:
“legislation that could give taxpayer funded healthcare to illegal aliens and taxpayers like you would pay for it.”
I have spent more money than I care to admit on merchandise, concessions and tickets to games over my lifetime as a Philadelphia sports fan. Ed Snider is perfectly entitled to do what he wants with his money but it would be great if he’d stop using my sports teams to fund lies and racist robocalls. The 3rd Congressional district has a large amount of Philadelphia sports fans. I can’t imagine it’s good for business to take sides in an election and piss off a nice chunk of your fan base.