Dole foe pens new book

Staff WritersJanuary 21, 2003 

Jim Snyder, the Lexington lawyer who ran for the U.S. Senate last year and is considering running again next year, has just finished a book that will likely be called "The Conservative Mind."

"This book will attempt to explain not only a new model for government but also the basis for that Republican model," Snyder said.

Snyder dictated the book during two days before Christmas and was proofreading at his law office on Monday.

The book will lay out Snyder's views on subjects ranging from the differences between conservative and liberal thought and his views on issues such as defense, health care, education and the role of the federal government.

His model, Snyder said, is a book written by former U.S. Sen. Jim Buckley of New York, a conservative thinker.

Snyder said he hasn't attempted to line up a publisher, but he noted that he had already published 15 books -- mostly on legal issues. He hopes that it will be published within the next two to four months.

Snyder said his book is not so much an effort to promote a future candidacy as it is an effort to get some of the thoughts that he developed during the campaign down on paper.

If Snyder runs for the Senate, he will be seeking the seat now held by Sen. John Edwards, a Democrat from Raleigh. Edwards has signed his own book deal with Simon & Schuster to write about his legal career.

Snyder came in a distant second to now-Sen. Elizabeth Dole in September's Republican primary. He had campaigned as a conservative alternative to Dole.

He has set up several meetings with supporters to talk to them about his plans for 2004. He is weighing both a race for Edwards' seat and a possible challenge against Democratic Gov. Mike Easley.

Edwards has not said whether he will also seek re-election to his Senate seat. He can legally run for president and for re-election.

Future gazing?

Former state House Speaker Dan Blue's 2004 candidacy for the U.S. Senate was announced -- perhaps a bit prematurely -- Monday.

Blue was among those seated at the head table at the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.

Introductions of Blue and other dignitaries were made by Carly D. Jones, a 10th-grade honor student at Leesville Road High School and a member of the board of directors of the Martin Luther King Resource Center.

Jones introduced U.S. Sen. John Edwards, who was seated next to Blue, as "our next president." She then dubbed Blue as someone "soon to be a candidate for Senator Edwards' seat."

Both Edwards and Blue could be seen laughing.

Edwards has not said what he intends to do about his Senate seat.

Blue has said he might be interested if Edwards does not run, but he said afterward that political observers shouldn't read too much into the teen's prediction.

"It was a good thought," Blue said. "As I told somebody, until John decides what he is going to do I think it is premature for anyone to speculate. But it is OK for young folk to do that. They need to have dreams and hopes, especially on the King holiday."

By staff writer Rob Christensen and Washington correspondent John Wagner. Christensen can be reached at 829-4532. or robc@newsobserver.com.

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