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.
The target’s a big one: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from suburban Richmond and one of the most powerful politicians in Congress.
Two weeks ago, Saunders signed on as senior political strategist with Cantor’s long-shot Democratic challenger. That’s Wayne Powell, an ex-Army colonel and Richmond lawyer who’s never run for office before.
Though six previous Cantor challengers have failed miserably, Saunders vows this campaign will be different. With him at the helm, that’s guaranteed. He’s a combustible mix of political brilliance, media savvy and attention deficit disorder. And he’s as colorful as a day-glo paint factory.
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