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The Democrats' ham-fisted campaign for Congressional District 13

Democratic leaders in Washington and Tallahassee on Friday heralded the last-minute emergence Marine Corps. Reserves Col. Ed Jany to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly in his Pinellas County district as a home run.

Jany, a former Orlando cop and Special Forces Green Beret offers a potentially impressive Washington outsider contrast to Jolly, the former C.W. Bill Young aide-turned federal lobbyist.

But all we know at this point is that Jany, 49, is a first-time candidate with no known political or fundraising network, that he lacks a home in the Pinellas district, and that he won’t even be listed on the ballot as the Democratic nominee because he did not change his party registration to Democrat in time. We know also that party officials could not have been clumsier in how they cleared the field for the little-known Jany.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and especially Pinellas Democratic Chairman Mark Hanisee, bullied out of the race one of Pinellas county’s most prominent ministers, the Rev. Manuel Sykes. Their message? A black man has no chance running for office with an overwhelmingly non-back electorate.

Way to court your most loyal constituency and very shewd thinking, gents. After all, America has never elected an African-American president. Oh wait ...

[Last modified: Friday, May 2, 2014 5:16pm]


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