Democrats Back Outside-the-Party Candidate to Challenge David Jolly

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 3, 2014 3:55 AM
David Jolly and Ed Jany

David Jolly and Ed Jany

After winning a close special election over Democrat former state CFO Alex Sink, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., won’t have a Democratic opponent in November. But Democrats at the national level are rallying behind a candidate running with no party affiliation.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced on Friday, the last day to qualify for a congressional race, that it is backing retired Army Col. Ed Jany against Jolly despite that he's running with no party affiliation.

“An American hero, Col. 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 U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the DCCC, on Friday. “Democrats are proud to support Col. Jany and confident he will run an aggressive, successful campaign. Congressman David Jolly’s reckless Republican Congress is repelling Americans like Col. 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.”

Jany had been a registered Republican but moved to the Democrats in the fall. But Jany didn’t switch quickly enough since Florida requires candidates to be members of their party for a year before qualifying.

Despite this being a swing district and Jolly edging Sink in a special election to win in March, Democrats do not have a candidate in one of the most competitive congressional districts in Florida. Sink announced last month that she would not run again. Earlier this week, Jessica Ehrlich, who ran for Congress in 2012 and dropped out of the special election after Democrats backed Sink, said she was not going to run. Civil rights leader Manuel Sykes dropped out of the race this week saying the Democratic leadership wanted him out. There were rumors that developer Joel Cantor would run as the Democratic candidate but, when the noon deadline passed on Friday, there were no Democrats in the race. With no Democrat in the race, the DCCC hopes rank-and-file party members will back Jany.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) had a field day at the DCCC's expense on Friday.

"This is a humongous recruitment fail for Nancy Pelosi and the DCCC,” said Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, on Friday. “After losing all of their top recruits thanks to President Obama's toxic agenda, they are now stuck with a candidate who couldn't even run as a Democrat because he didn't register in time. This is truly embarrassing for Washington Democrats.”

Jolly said on Friday that he qualified to make the November ballot but his focus is not yet on the campaign.

“I am humbled and honored every day for the life opportunity I was given this past March to be the voice and advocate for our communities in Washington, and I thank my constituents for the trust they have placed in me to do this job and do it well,” said Jolly. “However, my focus is on my current work in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the people of our district. The time for campaigning will come later this fall, but today is not that day.”

In the meantime, Libertarian Lucas Overby, who took 5 percent in the special election, filed on Friday and qualified for the ballot. Overby said last month he would not run again against Jolly.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (5)

2:37PM MAY 3RD 2014
Reading Sunshine News is eye opening; you guys are straight up thin skinned National Socialists. It's no wonder that you guys are stumbling over yourselves to support the Bush and/or Clintonian Dynasty.
8:48AM MAY 3RD 2014
Maybe he has that same mind set or lack thereof of John McCain.
Who knows maybe these guys got to close to some of those CIA mind control experiments and now maybe they are suffering from post mind control operanditius!

Funny how John Kerry and John McCain suffer from the same conditions don't you think?
8:48AM MAY 3RD 2014
So with all the reds running around Pinellas County the National Socialists, uh, whoops, I mean, Democrats, couldn't find ONE to file to run? I wonder what their focus groups told them. All analysts agree, any member of the military who switches from anything to the Natio......Democrat party has a screw loose somewhere........
just wondering
8:59AM MAY 3RD 2014
Yea! Can't help but wonder why those Pinellas County the National Socialists, uh, whoops, I mean, Democrats didn't run their Clearwater Assistant Chief of Police Sandra Rena Wilson against Jolly? She would be perfect and fit right in their crowd, Obama, Pelosi and all. Like Obama can't find his real birth certificate - she apparently can't find hers either and can't seem to remember what date she was born.

Even the University of Florida assistant Police Chief admitted she used two different dates of birth on her job application as a UF Police Officer- and then even more different dates of birth when she was an FDLE Supervisor in Orlando and after moving to Clearwater - all to keep from paying a bunch of judgement liens, some for parking violations! Yea! She would have made the Dems an excellent candidate, she is already government trained! Lie, lie, lie like a rug! And be protected by your friends in the so called system!
Van Vollmer
6:45AM MAY 3RD 2014
I find it hard to believes that a military man will join with the Democrats knowing their attitude toward the military, especially
since Obama has forced the retirement of any and all upper military
leaders he suspects won't follow him in crushing the civilian population
when he installs "martial law". Jany would have a hard time getting
my vote if he doesn't espouse a real independent position against
what the democrats are doing to the Constitution and his country.
Maybe his combat left him dull upstairs like the misguided brain dead
Democratic leadership in America.

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