Sharp-eyed readers who received an email update this week from Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld got a surprise: At the bottom, it stated the missive came from the “Office of Congressman P.G. Sittenfeld.”
That prompted some observers to wonder if the error was a Freudian slip and whether Sittenfeld, who was just sworn into his first council term three weeks ago, had already set his sights on higher office.
The answer, according to the freshman councilman, is much simpler. The misnomer is due to simple human error on the part of Constant Contact, the email marketing and social media company hired by Sittenfeld to handle such communications.
“It was an error by Constant Contact,” Sittenfeld said. “We're having them fix it. Our account with them is listed under 'Office of Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld' — maybe someone there is used to doing newsletters for members of Congress and misentered it. I'm very happy in my new position.”
Sittenfeld, 27, is an East Walnut Hills native and Mount Lookout resident who garnered attention when he raised almost $306,000 this year for his first City Council campaign, which is more than any other other candidate including incumbents. His father is noted investment adviser Paul Sittenfeld, while one of his sisters is best-selling author Curtis Sittenfeld.
Thanks partially to a series of TV commercials that appeared to air almost nonstop this fall, Sittenfeld finished in second place among 22 candidates in November's elections.
Here is the disclaimer, as it appeared on Sittenfeld's mass email.