Democratic recruit drops out of Fla. District 13 race
By WFLA.com web staff
Ed Jany (center) with Alex Sink (left)
MIAMI, FL (WFLA) -
A top Democratic recruit is dropping out of a key congressional contest in Florida after facing questions about the credibility of his resume.
Ed Jany said in a statement Tuesday that he is withdrawing from the 13th Congressional District race against Republican Rep. David Jolly. The Marine Corps Reserve colonel cited his work commitments at a communications firm.
The news is an embarrassing blow for national Democrats, who had hailed Jany as a top prospect in a swing-voting district.
The withdrawal comes days after the Tampa Bay Times published a report showing Jany had claimed a degree he did not earn.
Jany also faced other challenges. He did not live in the Pinellas County district and would have appeared on the ballot without a party affiliation because he has been a Democrat for less than a year.
Jany issued the following statement on Tuesday:
“It is with deep regret that I announce my withdrawal from the race for U.S. Representative in the Thirteenth District. In my professional capacity, I am responsible for coordinating some of the Command and Control for Security at the World Cup in Brazil this year, something I committed to doing some time ago. I wrongly assumed that I could maintain my professional work requirements while running for office, just as I was able to work full-time as a police officer while pursuing a full-time education and balancing my military service in the past. Unfortunately, the political process does not allow for me to continue my professional work, and I cannot afford to support my family while campaigning without an income. This has been a very tough decision that I’ve considered thoughtfully over the course of the last week, but it’s the best choice for my family right now.
"Since I first considered running for office, my wife Luciana and I have met with many wonderful, supportive people who encouraged us along the way. I’ve been amazed by the big hearts and humbled by the confidence of the people of Pinellas. Rest assured that I will continue to serve Pinellas County by assisting and supporting our Democratic candidates and remaining an advocate for the military community.”
The Associated Press contributed information to this report.