Email insights: Judithanne McLauchlan thinks Jeff Brandes could one day be governor

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In the eyes of Democrat Judithanne McLauchlan, her opponent, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, must be stopped on Election Day before he does something rash.

Like run for Florida Governor.

In her latest email to supporters, McLauchlan made a strange comment in the plea for help with her campaign:

“If you don’t want four more years of Senator Brandes, or a future Governor Brandes, sign up right now to help in these last 11 days.”

This bizarre call to action makes quite an assumption, despite the fact that no one – especially Brandes himself – has publicly declared the subject of his political future beyond Election Day.

It’s understandable, since Brandes has better things to do right now. He is more than a little busy securing his re-election to Senate District 22.

McLauchlan’s last-minute appeal is to anyone who will listen, asking them to knock on doors, staff phone banks, make phone calls from home (even from out of state!), write postcards, wave signs, volunteer at early vote locations, get out the vote on Election Day and more.

“This is it,” she pleads. “I’m going to be talking to hundreds of voters between now and Election Day, and I need your help.”

Regardless of the whiff of desperation, McLauchlan’s message is notable for one other thing: putting the notion of a “Gov. Brandes” into the minds of Pinellas County citizens.

And if that should come to pass (a BIG if, at this early stage of the game), McLauchlan will be sitting at home, with only herself to blame.

Thanks for the great idea, Judithanne.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.