Marine Corps veteran Ed Jany (I) dropped out of his race against Rep. David Jolly (R) shortly after a Tampa Bay Times story reported he had a “completely fake” degree from a known “diploma mill.” Jany said he had to drop out because he did not have time to run. “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,” he said in a statement. (Tampa Bay Times)
Jany said his decision had nothing to do with the Times story on his educational background. He siad his boss told him he had to choose between his job and the campaign, and he could not afford to go the length of the campaign without pay. “You have to have money to sustain yourself, and if I was going to be in a prolonged campaign for six months without a job, how do I pay for me and my family? It’s just impossible,” he said. (Creative Loafing Tampa)
Jany was recruited by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee even though he had to run as an independent because of a Florida law requiring candidates to be registered with a party for a year. He was a Republican until the federal government shutdown in October, when he switched parties.