Saunders: 'Some disappointment' among House Democrats
From the Oct. 10, 2009 edition of the Orlando Sentinel: "In my opinion, there are 34 Republican seats that with sufficient funding and the right candidate, we have a shot," said Rep. Ron Saunders, a Key West Democrat overseeing House campaigns in 2010. "Our goal is to win as many as we can."
In the St. Petersburg Times on Sept. 18, 2010: "Not only are they not going to take any of ours, but we're going to take some of theirs," Saunders says.
Saunders in an interview today, three days after state House Democrats lost five incumbents: "There's some disappointment, especially when you lose incumbent members and some very good members. I'm disappointed. But we're going to have a very cohesive minority."
Leading up to Election Day, as polling showed a bleak outcome awaiting Dems, there was chatter that Saunders, the incoming House Democratic leader, might be the target of a coup. The Republican's 81-39 majority in the House is the GOP's highest since 2004, when it was 84-36. The 28-12 GOP Senate majority in a historic high.
But it sounds like Saunders is safe. He named his leadership team in a caucus conference call Thursday night: Joe Gibbons of Hallandale Beach is minority leader pro tempore; Evan Jenne of Dania Beach is minority whip; Perry Thurston of Plantation is the point man on redistricting; Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg will coordinate policy and Jim Waldman of Coconut Creek will watch rules.