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

Mudcat on Colbert Report – Indecision 2012

Dave “Mudcat” Saunders appears on the Colbert Report, Indecision 2012, to talk with Stephen about the upcoming southern state presidential primary elections and explain the Southern culture of “fight, sing, drink, pray”.

U.S. Content to Sit on Haiti Aid

By Dave Mudcat Saunders, Huffington Post
January 12, 2012

The GAO report is clear. Because of conditions on Haitian ground, USAID is going to have a tough time ever getting anything done. Two years ago, President Obama promised the people of Haiti: “You will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten.” From what I’ve seen, working with those already in Haiti who have a record of getting things done is the only way the United States can fulfill that promise. This must become an immediate priority — in Obama’s own words — “swift, coordinated, and aggressive.Continue reading

Dave “Mudcat” Saunders on CNN – Parker Spitzer

Dave “Mudcat” Saunders remembers his friend Elizabeth Edwards

Election nearly wipes out white Southern Democrats

By BEN EVANS, The Associated Press
Thursday, November 4, 2010; 9:19 PM

WASHINGTON — The white Southern Democrat – endangered since the 1960s civil rights era – is sliding nearer to extinction.

After this week’s elections, the Democratic Party barely holds a presence in the region outside of majority-black urban areas such as Atlanta and Memphis. The carnage for the party was particularly brutal in the Deep South, where just one white Democrat survived across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

The Republicans’ effort to win over the South, rooted decades ago in a strategy to capitalize on white voters’ resentment of desegregation, is all but complete.

“Right now in most of Dixie it is culturally unacceptable to be a Democrat. It’s a damn shame, but that’s the way it is,” said Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, a campaign strategist for conservative Democrats such as Jim Webb of Virginia, one of the few remaining Southern Democratic senators. Continue reading

Mudcat on Rachel Maddow (Video)

Aired August 4, 2010

Interview begins 3:10 into video.