Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Joe Saunders vs. Marco Pena Florida State House 49 Race Preview

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Here is your race preview for Florida State House 49 between Republican Marco Pena and Democrat Joe Saunders.


Florida Politics with Frank Torres, Florida State House District 49, the battle for UCF, Between Republican Marco Pena and Democrat Joe Saunders. Look at Marco Pena, former student body President at UCF, a successful business track record with Florida Hospital, then you have Joe Saunders who is an activist, a community organizer of sorts, that’s how he’s branded himself, has done well fundraising, he’s got a lot of contacts throughout the state that allow him to raise a lot of money. I think what you’re seeing in this race is each candidate trying to create another identity for their rivals in this race. You have You have the “Special interest Joe ad” which was put out a couple of weeks ago by RPOF, a very funny ad, a very well done ad, I’ve played it a thousand times, I’m not going to continue to beat him up with that, it tries to take Joe Saunders and look at his campaign contributions and put him in that group. Then you have Joe Saunders accusations against Marco Pena, painting him as a radical tea partier of sorts. Those accusations are a little more questionable, in fact they’re not questionable, they’re simply not true. I know all of the political players here in Central Florida, and to paint Marco Pena as a radical tea partier simply is not accurate. So some discrepancies with the way each party is trying to portray the other, both parties are involved. It has turned into one of the more closer races in Florida and why not? It’s UCF. To represent this area in Tallahassee is a privileged. I’m Frank Torres and I’ll see you next time.

  1. Wow. Were your comments about Marco Pena vs. Joe Saunders an attempt at objective reporting? Frank, you need to take a step back and take your personal emotions out of the commentary if you expect to be a viable journalist.

  2. Hi Philip. Thanks for your comment.

    You’re right. I’m not a journalist. The good people at the Orlando Sentinel, FOX 35, CF News 13 and the other organizations are, and they do a far better job. You should check them out. I am a terrible, terrible person and I’m sorry to have offended you.

  3. Will Saunders work with the more conservative democrats and the republican members.? If not he will be an ineffective member of the house.

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