"I can’t support a corporatist. I just can't. This guy is not my kind of Democrat," Saunders tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "I just can't sit here anymore and watch this coin-operated government continue. Wouldn't I be a hypocrite if I came to Richmond last year and jumped on Eric CantorEric CantorThe Trail 2016: On the fringe Cantor 'pleased' Trump is embracing Jeb Bush's immigration plan Trump’s Breitbart hire sends tremors through Capitol Hill MORE for it and then came back and supported Terry McAuliffe?"
Saunders also worked for Cantor's opponent last election cycle.
The populist-leaning strategist's support mirrors a recent endorsement from longtime GOP strategist Boyd Marcus, a former Cantor adviser who is working for his campaign.