Democrat Jany ends campaign against David Jolly less than two weeks after launching bid

Well, that didn't last long.

Less than two weeks after launching an 11th hour campaign to unseat Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) in a Tampa-area swing district, retired Col. Ed Jany (D) abruptly ended his campaign, leaving Democrats without a major candidate for the fall in a swing seat both parties eagerly contested in a special election  this year.

The move is an embarrassment for national Democrats, who quickly rallied around Jany on the last day to file for the race against Jolly. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee supported him; it even added the 13th district race to its "Emerging Races" category.

"In just a few short days in the race, Colonel Ed Jany’s campaign has already generated enthusiasm among Pinellas County voters," DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said just eight days ago.

In a statement Tuesday, Jany cited an inability to balance the campaign with his professional demands.

“It is with deep regret that I announce my withdrawal from the race for U.S. Representative in the Thirteenth District," he said. "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."

Jany's decision comes on the heels of a  Tampa Bay Times report Saturday that found inconsistencies between the educational background Jany had claimed and the education he actually received.

Jany launched his campaign on May 2 -- the last day to qualify for the race. While he is a Democrat, he ran officially as as an "NPA," or no party affiliation candidate because of when he joined the Democratic Party.

Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a hotly contested special election  this year that was viewed as a message testing ground for both parties ahead of the fall midterms. Sink decided after her loss not to run again.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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