Jessica Ehrlich’s poor form regarding Bill Young’s retirement

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Less than four hours after Congressman Bill Young announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014, Democrat Jessica Ehrlich sent an email titled “Really Big News.”

In the email, Ehrlich makes a standard fundraising pitch and that’s fine. It’s just not the way I would have done it.

No matter what she thinks of Young, Ehrlich should have thanked him for his five decades of service before asking for money. Something like, “Clearly I disagree with Congressman Young’s politics, but, like many, I recognize his contributions to our community. I commend him on making this decision and look forward to informing the voters of Congressional District why I am the best choice to represent them in Congress.”

Here is the text of Ehrlich’s email:

I know my campaign already emailed you today but I had to share this news right away: Bill Young is retiring.  That’s right, after 43 years, Florida 13 is going to have a race for Congress without an incumbent.  This is the only pick-up opportunity for Democrats in the country in a seat that President Obama won in 2008 and 2012.  And I know with your help we can win this seat in 2014.  Can you chip in $13 today: click here

The next week is crucial to show Democrats can win this seat in 2014.  I know you may have thought about contributing before, but just weren’t sure.  Can I count on you to contribute $13 today?

Thank you for everything,


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