September 1, 2020                                

Nicole Henderson


Retired Navy Commander Phil Ehr Raises $1 Million in Bid to Unseat Rep. Mat Gaetz in FL-01


PENSACOLA, FL — Retired Navy Commander Phil Ehr, who is challenging Rep. Matt Gaetz for the FL-01 Congressional seat, has raised over $1 million in his bid to oust the controversial incumbent.

The 26-year Navy veteran who flew reconnaissance missions throughout the Cold War, Desert Storm, the Balkan Wars and in post-9/11 conflicts around the world, cracked the seven-figure threshold at a critical moment in the election cycle—building momentum as Summer turns to Fall.

“Our momentum continues to mount and the energy on the ground is electric,” said Ehr.  “The people of Florida’s 1st District are ready to restore honor and integrity to this seat and our campaign’s fundraising reflects that reality. As my campaign continues to build support, we’re in a position to peak at precisely the right time to kick Matt Gaetz out of the U.S. Congress once and for all.”

This fundraising milestone comes following recent polling that found Rep. Gaetz vulnerable among unaffiliated voters in FL-01, who make up roughly 70 percent of likely voters in the district. The significant fundraising haul is even more evidence that this race is winnable and that momentum is mounting against Matt Gaetz.

About Phil Ehr:
Phil Ehr is a retired U.S. Navy commander and the Democratic nominee challenging Matt Gaetz for Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Phil is a husband, father, community volunteer, and veteran who rose from Seaman to Commander in a 26-year active duty career. Phil flew reconnaissance missions in the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the Balkans. He provided strategic advice to senior leaders in Washington, London, and NATO in the post Cold War and post 9/11 eras. Phil is fighting to restore honor and integrity to Northwest Florida’s representation. With your help, we will prevent, prepare for, and respond to the next national crisis.  We will build an economy that’s fair for working people, families, and small business, cradle to grave. We will correct failing policies on health care, education, the environment, and public safety. We will advance freedom, equality, liberty, and justice for all. We will fight corruption and incompetence to restore trust in American leadership. Join the “Ehr Force” today!