A common practice for just about every elected official is to use their birthday’s as a fundraising tool, regardless of their political affiliations.
Former DNC Chairwoman and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is celebrating her birthday a bit early this year, emailing her supporters and asking them to sign her birthday card to help reach a goal of 2,700 signatures.
In all fairness, Rep, Wasserman Schultz did not actually pen the email, rather her husband Steve did. Of course Mr. Schultz did not really write the letter himself, the congresswoman’s congressional campaign did.
Wasserman Schultz’s “surprise” birthday card ask will enable her campaign to log in more emails for future email fundraising asks.
Again, no foul has been committed, as this is standard operating practice for congressional campaigns.
The Wasserman Schultz campaign will undoubtedly have to contend with another spirited primary election effort from college Professor Tim Canova, before she could face the winner in the growing field of Republican congressional candidates.
In 2012, Wasserman Schultz faced a surprising and threatening general election challenge from Republican Karen Harrington, who was effective in her messaging against the congressional stalwart, but in the end lost her bid for congress.
Almost six years ago to the date, Harrington had a customized birthday cake delivered to one of Wasserman Schultz’s legislative offices.
According to Harrington, staffers rejected the her birthday cake (pictured) that wished the congresswoman well, and welcomed an open debate on the pressing political issues of the time.
Harrington also took a page out of Wasserman Schultz’s playbook, calling on the congresswoman to release her tax returns. During 2012, Wasserman Schultz and Democrats across the nation were demanding that then-Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney release his tax returns.
Happy birthday Debbie!