Days after the election, Mecklenburg Representative, Drew Saunders announced that he had an interest in running for speaker of the house if Jim Black could not win re-election to the position. There's a lot of loyalty to Black among Mecklenburg Democrats. He has helped Mecklenburg County in many ways. He's family and you don't abandon a family member because he's made a mistake....or ten.
Saunders announced today that he will run against Jim Black for the speaker's job. This is a pretty clear signal to me that Black doesn't have the votes. Saunders is a good guy and is well respected in this area. I haven't always agreed with him, but I'm glad he's stepping forward to run. Maybe it will send a signal that others should toss their hats in the ring so we can get this party started.
The story is in The Charlotte Observer.