Uh-oh: Emily’s List drops Jessica Ehlrich from “The List”

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In just one day and Jessica Ehrlich is starting to feel the heat from Democrats, now that former Florida CFO Alex Sink has officially entered the race for the 13th Congressional District.

Emily’s List, a prominent advocate for progressive women candidates, dropped Ehrlich from its online page of favored contenders, a menacing sign for the Democrat running the in the open-seat special election to replace the former Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died this month.

The influential organization added the two-time Pinellas County candidate “On the List” in May, something seen as leading up to a full-blown endorsement. Emily’s List supports female Democratic candidates advocating abortion rights.

Absence from the website leads many observers to wonder if Democrats will drop their support of Ehrlich. EmilysList.org had also posted a donation link to Ehrlich’s campaign, according to an archived copy of the page. Clicking on the link leads to a page saying “Access Denied.”

On Wednesday morning, Sink — another Emily’s List favorite — announced her candidacy.

Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, released a message Wednesday morning boasting about Sink’s entry into the race. At the time, the statement fell short of being a real endorsement. Later in the day, however, the DCCC clarified the statement by saying they fully support Sink in the primary.

Representatives of Emily’s List and Ehrlich’s campaign did not comment.

Although Gov. Rick Scott has not yet announced a schedule for the special election, the state Division of Elections discussed with Pinellas County election officials a potential primary date Jan. 14, 2014, followed by a general election on March 11.

The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call puts the CD13 race as a “Tossup.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.