Democratic Recruit Drops out of Fla. House Race

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 02:55 PM

 

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A top Democratic recruit is dropping out of a key congressional contest in Florida after facing questions about the credibility of his resume.

Ed Jany said in a statement Tuesday that he is withdrawing from the 13th Congressional District race against Republican Rep. David Jolly. The Marine Corps Reserve colonel cited his work commitments at a communications firm.

The news is an embarrassing blow for national Democrats, who had hailed Jany as a top prospect in a swing-voting district.

The withdrawal comes days after the Tampa Bay Times published a report showing Jany had claimed a degree he did not earn.

Jany also faced other challenges. He did not live in the Pinellas County district and would have appeared on the ballot without a party affiliation because he has been a Democrat for less than a year.

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