The path to victory for Ed Jany, the Democrat running with No Party Affiliation in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, was already difficult to navigate before this past weekend.
Colonel Jany is a virtual unknown in a community with a provincial attitude to carpetbagging candidates. Just ask Alex Sink. Not making things any easier is the fact that Jany still doesn’t live in the district. In the special election for this seat conducted earlier this year, the Republicans ceaselessly bludgeoned Sink on this issue, despite her otherwise substantial attachments to Pinellas County.
Who knows if Jany can raise money or deliver a speech or tie his shoes while walking door-to-door. He was foisted on Pinellas Democrats after a last-ditched maneuver to have state Rep. Dwight Dudley run in CD 13 fell apart.
According to several local Democratic and progressive operatives, the plan was for Dudley to run for Congress, while Ben Diamond would run for Dudley’s state House seat. A poll was commissioned to gauge Dudley’s viability versus Republican incumbent David Jolly. What that poll showed is unknown, but Dudley did decide to run for re-election to the state House rather than play at the fedral level.
So here Democrats are with Jany. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has committed to backing him even though he is on the ballot as a NPA candidate (Jany is running as an independent because of a 2011 state law that requires candidates for all offices to be registered with the party they are running under 365 days prior to qualifying). Alex Sink has already endorsed him. He was spotted this past weekend at the Pinellas Democrats’ fundraising gala.
But this morning we’re reading about how Jany fudged his resume. Nancy Smith of Sunshine State News sums up the situation:
According to Tampa Bay Times staff writer William R. Levesque and researcher John Martin, Jany embellished his biography with, of all things, a fairy-tale education.
On his resume Jany, 49, claims he has a degree from Madison University. Madison what? Madison Diploma Mill is what it is — no campus, no classes, listed on the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation’s “nonapproved entities list.”
“It’s completely fake,” George Gollin, a University of Illinois professor who has studied diploma mills, told the Times. Jany, he said, “must certainly have known it wasn’t legitimate, because they would have just taken his money and given him the credentials.”
There are other suspected education fibs on Jany’s resume. For example, who knows how many courses he left incomplete at the University of Minnesota, and who knows why he felt it necessary to tell the Times his Madison “degree” … “was good enough” to get him into the senior fellows executive program at Harvard (the program brochure says there’s “no formal educational requirement”).
That narrow path to victory Democrats foresaw for Jany? At this point, it leads off a cliff.
A St. Pete Polls survey commissioned by this blog shows Jolly ahead of Jany by as much as 29 points. And that was before the story about Jany’s resume padding serves as his first impression with voters.
Jany should, in military parlance, look for a tactical withdrawal and drop out of the race as soon as possible. He was likely not to win and now he’s never going to win. Any ounce of sweat poured into his campaign or dollar spent on his behalf is, at this point, a waste of time.
Tampa Bay Democrats will have their hands full this Fall with tough political campaigns which are more deserving of their blood, sweat and tears.
Time and energy spent on Ed Jany’s campaign takes away from Charlie Crist’s or Nan Rich’s gubernatorial campaign.
Time and energy spent on Ed Jany’s campaign takes away from the Yes on Greenlight campaign.
Time and energy spent on Ed Jany’s campaign takes away from Dudley’s, Mark Danish’s, and Carl Zimmermann’s re-election campaigns.
There are a dozen races in this region which could use the money and volunteer effort that’s about to plowed into Jany’s futile effort.
Democrats need to cut their losses now and rethink their support of Ed Jany.