Remember when we met in the personals last year? Or perhaps it was at your local unit meeting by the cubed cheese platter.

You were shopping around a bit. And I guess I was looking for something a little more “long term.”

I tried to be upfront about it. I even told you I didn’t mind playing second fiddle. In fact, that was the job I was applying for.

And I wrote, I called, I emailed and texted. I even cooked for you and, on Valentine’s Day, I sent chocolates.

I led with my heart. Looking back, it was wild, and in many ways fantastic, but maybe I was too idealistic. On “The Big Day, for a while, I thought “this just might be it,” so I hopefully waited. For 13 hours. But there I was left at the altar. And at the end of the day, it was not meant to be.

But don’t you worry about me. I bounced back. But I won’t lie, I still think about you. And I still care.

This year, even though I’m not looking for (electoral) love, I don’t want you to think I forgot about you.

That’s why I thought I’d try something a bit more.. intimate. If you are interested in taking things to the next level, I’d like to bring you to the most romantic place I know: CPAC.

That’s right. What says true romance and real commitment better than a few thousand sweaty conservatives talking policy and big ideas for a few days??

Auditing The Fed. Cutting the size and scope of government. Defending liberty. Beating Mark Warner. Taking down Harry Reid. Repealing Obamacare.

Huddled up together plotting our Virginia and national comeback.

Is there anything more red hot romantic than that??? I don’t think so.

And I won’t be a cheap date. There’ll be plenty of libations, and you can certainly count on tons of red meat!

So, the first 5 folks who hit me back on twitter (@petesnyder) using hashtag #OperationLove will win tickets for a date with me to CPAC March 6-8 at National Harbor.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As the saying goes “Who Still Loves Ya, Baby??”