Jessica Ehrlich using dog to fundraise for her campaign

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When not fudging her resume or scrubbing her website, congressional candidate Jessica Ehrlich has to raise money for her campaign. However, one of her latest fundraising solicitations is just flat-out weird. That’s because the fundraising email isn’t from Ehrlich, it’s from her dog.

“I’m Stanley, Jessica’s dog, and I’m helping out here at the office,” reads the fundraising email. “I’m the real DCCC – her Democratic Congressional Campaign Corgi.”

Listen, I’m as much a dog person as the next guy. Lord knows my social network hears enough about my dachshund, Beauregard.  But Ehrlich is running for Congress.  Is sending an email from her dog appropriate?

The other issue I have with this email is, this community really doesn’t know Ehrlich that well. After spending most of her career in New York and Washington, D.C., the voters of Congressional District 13 are just now getting to know Ehrlich.

This email is too cute by half. Read for yourself:

We’re working our tails off here – can you help us with a contribution of $10, $20, $50 or more?

These sure are the dog days of the campaign. Election Day is only about a month away, but Bill Young keeps hiding from debates. Talk about a ’fraidy cat!

Instead, he’s been barking up the wrong tree. Bill Young is more concerned about being Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s lap dog than representing the interests of his constituents here in Pinellas County.

He’s even changing his long-held positions just in time for the election. But I know he’s still the same old Bill Young – you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

We’re not going to let Bill Young out of the doghouse. Can you help Jessica hold Bill Young accountable for his record?

Every dog deserves his day, and so does every candidate. Let’s make sure Jessica wins!

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.