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Do Democrats Need a Bubba Strategy?

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The party shouldn’t give up on NASCAR voters, says Dave “Mudcat” Saunders.
By Mason Adams – Politico

On a balmy summer afternoon, Dave “Mudcat” Saunders sits in the shade of his porch in Roanoke, Va., with a tall cup of iced tea, a highlighter and a copy of I Heard My Country Calling. That’s the new book by former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, a Reagan Democrat whose 2006 upset over one-time GOP star George Allen in Virginia represents the last time Mudcat could claim victory for his “Bubba Strategy.”
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Foreshadowing Eric Cantor’s Defeat

Harrison Hickman – Huffington Post

Eric Cantor

 

Commentators are wrong in suggesting that the problems that resulted in Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss were new or that they were confined to the Republican primary electorate. In reality, Cantor’s weaknesses were obvious two years ago in our poll of likely general election voters in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District for Democratic candidate Wayne Powell.
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Cantor Caught Red-Handed!

Powell campaign questions Eric Cantor’s motives in hiding “spousal” exemption in House Insider Trading bill.  Cantor’s actions open the door to questions about spouse’s involvement in Cayman Island hedge fund firm.

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Mudcat on Hardball Rescheduled

Mudcat’s appearance on Hardball is being rescheduled. We’ll let you know the new time as soon as we can!

‘Mudcat’ Saunders vows to run a ‘national campaign’ against Eric Cantor

By Alex Pappas – The Daily Caller.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Famed southern Democratic operative Dave “Mudcat” Saunders has signed up to take on a new target: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

In a Tuesday interview with The Daily Caller, Saunders — the colorful consultant who has worked for southern Democrats like Jim Webb, Mark Warner and John Edwards — confirmed that he’s working for Democratic congressional candidate Wayne Powell, a retired Army colonel challenging Cantor for his U.S. House seat in Virginia.

“We’re going national,” Saunders told TheDC of the Powell campaign. “And we’re going to be doing a lot of national shows.”

The campaign’s message against Cantor? “He screwed us, and us is pissed.” Continue reading

Mudcat takes up Cantor challenge

By Dan Casey, The Roanoke Times
June 17, 2012

My old friend Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, the renowned hunter, reformed drunk, Downtown Roanoke real estate developer and nationally known political strategist, lives in a humble cabin alongside Back Creek in Roanoke County.

Sometimes he’s a humble guy — this past year, he’s been quietly spending time in Haiti working on earthquake relief. Other times he’s not so humble. Lately, it’s tending toward the latter.

Saunders is up to his old political tricks again, and he’s just getting wound up. His target’s a big one: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from suburban Richmond and one of the most powerful politicians in Congress.

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The President Tries to Heart Nascar. Can He?

By Elizabeth Dwoskin, Businessweek
April 13, 2012

On Tuesday, President Obama will host Nascar champion Tony Stewart and a group of Nascar executives at the White House. How does a president who spends his weekends playing golf and basketball bring Nascar fans into his camp? We called Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, a political strategist who’s spent years advising Democrats on how to appeal to red-state voters, to find out. Continue reading