Unable to find a candidate registered long enough to run as a Democrat in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced this afternoon that it is supporting Colonel Ed Jany.
Jany will have to run as an NPA candidate, with the support of the Democratic Party, because a recently-enacted election law requires candidates for all offices to be registered with the party they are running under 365 days prior to qualifying.
Jany filed his qualifying paperwork with the Florida Division of Elections this morning. Jany will face Republican incumbent David Jolly, who won a special election for the seat on March 11.
“My life has always been about service, honor and bringing people together to get results, but these values are totally missing from Washington, and Pinellas families are paying the price,” said Jany. “When the Republican Congress lost touch with the values of Main Street America by focusing on divisive issues like the healthcare choices of my daughters and wife instead of cutting wasteful spending or helping businesses create jobs, I knew that that the party had left me and so many others behind. I’ve never given up until a mission was done, and I’ll fight everyday until Washington starts putting Pinellas seniors, veterans and middle class families first.”
Steve Israel, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, says the Democratic party is throwing its full weight behind Jany.
“An American hero, Colonel Jany’s service, independence and proven ability to bring people together to get results is exactly what’s missing from the broken politics of Washington,” said Israel. “Democrats are proud to support Colonel Jany and confident he will run an aggressive, successful campaign.”
Continued Israel: “Congressman David Jolly’s reckless Republican Congress is repelling Americans like Colonel Ed Jany who are fed up with the Republican agenda that hurts women, seniors and the middle class instead of focusing on solving challenges that matter most to Pinellas residents.”
According to a release, Jany’s 33-year military career began at a young age, when he earned a scholarship to attend a military high school and enlisted in the Army at age 17. Among his many posts, Jany served in the Special Forces, where he earned his Green Beret, and the Marine Corps Reconnaissance and Special Operations. Jany served as Commanding Officer for the Anti-Terrorism Battalion and worked for Special Operations Command Central at MacDill Air Force Base. He is a dedicated service member who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
In addition to his military service, Jany also spent much of his life in law enforcement, beginning in college when he walked the foot beat to pay for school.
In 1989, while serving in an Army Reserve Special Forces unit, he became a full-time police officer with the Orlando Police Department. While serving as a police officer, Ed was shot in the line of duty in 2003, but he did not allow his injury to hold him back. Ten weeks after being shot, he completed the Marine Corps physical fitness test and earned a first-class score. He earned numerous awards, including a Police Medal of Valor.
The NRCC is calling Jany’s entrance into the race a “humongous recruiting fail by Nancy Pelosi and the DCCC,” according to a statement from spokesman Katie Prill.
Jany’s website is Janyforcongress.com.