07/23/2012 02:19 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2012

Sherrod Brown Fundraises Off Wife's Email Exchange With Conservative Blogger

Sen. Sherrod Brown's (D-Ohio) reelection campaign is fundraising off a conservative blogger's email screw-up with the senator's wife.

A blogger recently emailed Connie Schultz, a political columnist previously with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, about why she appeared to be so cozy with Brown in photographs.

"We are doing an exposé on journalists in the elite media who socialize with elected officials they are assigned to cover," wrote the blogger, whom Schultz has declined to name. "We have found numerous photos of you with Sen. Sherrod Brown. In one of them, you appear to be hugging him."

Schultz, of course, is married to the senator, which accounts for why they show affection toward one another sometimes.

"I am surprised you did not find a photo of me kissing U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown so hard he passes out from lack of oxygen. He's really cute," replied Schultz in a return email. "He's also my husband. You know that, right?"

On Monday, the Brown campaign sent out a fundraising email from Schultz's daughter, Caitlin Schultz Gard:

Go, Mom. Fierce, funny, and direct is the only way to keep these conservative bloggers in their place.

Unfortunately, most of the attacks coming Sherrod’s way in this campaign are much less true, and much less funny.

Sherrod knows he'll always have us by his side when things get tough. But I know how much he leans on all of you as well. So I want to say thanks for helping us get his back.

By the way, Mom never heard back from that conservative blogger. But we'd always love to hear from you -- especially if you can help the campaign fight back against all these outrageous attacks.

Brown is facing a tight election against Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) and has been the target of millions of dollars of spending by conservative groups.