Ed Jany drops out of CD 13 race

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Ed Jany, who was running as an independent for Florida’s 13th Congressional District has dropped out of the race against Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly, reports Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

The retired Marine Corps. Colonel and former cop, whose campaign was supported by the Democratic Party,  made the surprise announcement only a few days after a Times report on his apparent padding of his resume and educational background.

Jany made a statement saying he realized he did not have the time for a run in CD 13:

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.

On Saturday, the Times published an investigation of Jany’s credentials, raising concerns about how the 49-year-old Tampa resident is framing his biography.

Jany had said he has a degree from Madison University, a school many educators describe as a diploma mill without either a campus or classes. Jany responded by insisting it is a legitimate institution. On his LinkedIn profile, Jany also listed a degree from the University of Minnesota, saying he attended from 1982 to 1986.

Republicans were quick to respond, eager to paint Jany’s departure as an “epic failure” by the Democrats to field a viable candidate in CD 13. Jany enjoyed Democrat support for his short-lived campaign, after the local party dissuaded Rev. Dr. Manuel Sykes, president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP, from entering the race against Jolly.

“Words cannot describe what an epic failure this congressional race has become for the DCCC and Florida Democrats,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesperson Katie Prill said in an email. “After a devastating loss and wasting millions in the special election, one thing remains very clear: President Obama’s toxic agenda has cost the DCCC another seat that they couldn’t afford to lose.”

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