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Democrats work to build up Ed Jany

Congressional District 13 candidate Ed Jany faces considerable challenges: He doesn't have a home in the district, he won't appear on the ballot as a Democrat — he'll be a "no-party affiliation" candidate having missed filing requirements — and he's a political rookie running against now-tested incumbent.

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Congressional District 13 candidate Ed Jany faces considerable challenges: He doesn't have a home in the district, he won't appear on the ballot as a Democrat — he'll be a "no-party affiliation" candidate having missed filing requirements — and he's a political rookie running against now-tested incumbent.

Ed Jany, the military veteran who emerged last week to challenge Rep. David Jolly, has been named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "emerging races" program, an effort to boost his profile.

It's not surprising given how aggressivley the DCCC promoted Jany last week. Despite the hype, Jany has considerable challenges: He doesn't have a home in the district. He won't appear on the ballot as a Democrat; rather he'll be a "no-party affiliation" candidate having missed filing requirements. And he's a political rookie against now-tested Jolly, who won a nationally watched special election over Alex Sink.

The emerging races program "highlights candidates and districts that are making themselves competitive by running smart campaigns which are becoming increasingly competitive," according to a release.

[Last modified: Monday, May 5, 2014 1:52pm]

    

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