Say it ain’t so: Jennifer Webb sends fundraising pitch amid pandemic
Jennifer Weebb is facing attacks over Democratic acceptance of PPP funds.

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Now is not the time.

Most campaigns are suspending fundraising efforts as Floridians struggle with the economic fallout of the new coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Jennifer Webb isn’t.

Over the weekend, the Gulfport Democrat sent an email to supporters asking them to scrape together what they could to help her fend off a challenger in her District 69 seat.

“This is not your weekly scheduled Covid-19 update. I am writing today to give you news about my 2020 campaign — The Republican Party filed an opponent against me,” Webb wrote.

The first-term lawmaker’s plea summarizes her 2018 campaign’s effort to flip the seat, which had previously been held by now-County Commissioner Kathleen Peters, a Republican.

She continues, “while we did an amazing job, this is still a district that Trump won in 2016 and was held by a Republican for quite a while. They want this seat back and are ready to spend as much money as that takes. So, if you are able, I need your help. I am raising money, getting petitions signed, and reaching out to expand upon the support we have earned so far. “

As far as pandemic fundraising emails go, it’s nowhere near the worst. She at least acknowledges that “times are tough right now.” Still, there’s no way to spin it as an acceptable venture. To be fair, new filer Linda Chaney is also sending fundraising emails.

Putting your hand out during an economic downturn on par with (and probably worse than) the Great Recession is cringeworthy.

Webb wraps up her pitch by making a trio of pledges to her supporters. Two are rather innocuous, but one exposes a startling lack of self-awareness: “I promise to continue putting you first by focusing on the problems that are important to you.”

Here’s something most of the people who received her email might agree on: Her campaign account is not important right now, and it won’t be until the current state of emergency is over.

Campaign donations won’t fix the unemployment debacle or put food on the table — just two of many issues Floridians want their leaders working on right now. And a laser focus on those fronts will produce more votes for Webb than whatever she manages to collect from donors during the pandemic.

Webb is better than this.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was 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.


6 comments

  • Edward Freeman

    April 28, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Why the hit piece on Rep. Webb? I still get plenty of fundraising appeals everyday from politicians across the political spectrum. I’ve seen no attacks on the conman in the White House for his constant attempts to put America’s money in his family’s pockets by any means, be it “fund raising”, fraud or outright theft. Until we have public campaign funding, this is what America unfortunately requires of its political leaders.

    • Jim Donelon

      April 28, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Right on !!

  • Orlando resident

    April 28, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I agree. Beaches are open. The shutdown ends on in two days (unless we hear otherwise). I don’t think it’s offensive that she is raising money.
    A month ago, maybe it would’ve been. But not now.

  • morstar

    April 28, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Apparently, Webb is not better than asking for campaign dough during this crisis. Even the comments she makes, clearly shows that she is more interested in her re-election than her constituents.

    Typical.

  • Jim Donelon

    April 28, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    The Republicans with their dark money will try to unseat her, but with the IDIOT in the White House at the top of the ticket she will coast to re-election with or without money !!!!!

  • Jeanne Coffey

    May 6, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    So her challenger is either backed by Republican big money or buying his seat in the state legislature and those two scenarios are not cringeworthy?! Apparently Peter Schorsch thinks legislative representation is a privilege to which only the wealthy are entitled! Sorry, Peter. We saw right through your thinly veiled agenda!

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