House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders is a favorite of Tallahassee business lobbyists and Republicans.Saunders has won the backing of the Florida Chamber, Associated Industries of Florida, agriculture and sugar. This is in addition to his established support for school “choice” legislation which has reaped rewards in terms of campaign contributions.
Saunders could be considered Rick Scott’s favorite Democrat. Under Saunders’ watch, Democrats have supported business and school choice initiatives in record numbers, stood still as environmental protection and growth management were gutted and played dead in the face of assaults on women’s reproductive rights. Simply put, Saunders leadership has been a disaster for progressives and boon for Republicans and Scott agenda. For all these reasons and more we named Ron Saunders to our list of “Florida’s Most Wanted” last month.
It’s no small wonder why the GOP aligned special interests are raising money at a vigorous rate for Saunders. In his campaign to replace Larcenia Bullard (to whom Saunders lost in 2002) in the State Senate, Saunders raised an impressive $40,770 over the course of the past two weeks.
Saunders, the current House Democratic leader also received an A+ score and an endorsement from the National Rifle Association. Despite having been a relatively progressive Democrat in his first stint as a member of the House in the 1980s and 1990s, Saunders has played a critical role in further solidifying one party, conservative control of the state legislature.
Thankfully, their are better choices in Senate District 39. The Political Hurricane has strongly endorsed Representative Dwight Bullard, a progressive whose leadership on education issues has been invaluable in the face of Saunders accommodation with conservative forces.