Rep. Steve Israel’s job as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just got harder. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
Chris Cillizza
Reporter May 16

When you are the Democrat in charge of retaking the House for your side this November, life is hard enough.

But just when Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, thought he had scored a win, the joy of victory turned to ashes in his mouth — to borrow a phrase from our favorite philosophizing imp, Tyrion Lannister.

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A few weeks back, Israel was elated by the candidacy in Florida of Col. Ed Jany, an ex-cop and former Marine who emerged as the party’s preferred nominee against GOP Rep. David Jolly, who won a special election for the 13th District seat earlier this year.

Israel helped rally almost every major figure in Florida and national Democratic politics behind Jany’s candidacy. He praised Jany’s “proven ability to bring Americans of all backgrounds and political stripes together.” In the process, the party pushed aside a well-known African American minister who was planning to enter the race.

Then, less than two weeksafter he got into the contest, Jany was out. “I wrongly assumed that I could maintain my professional work requirements while running for office,” he said in a statement. The Tampa Bay Timesreports that Jany inflated his résumé: He said he had a degree from the University of Minnesota but didn’t. That probably had something to do with it, too.

Jany’s demise means Democrats will have no candidate this fall against Jolly in a district President Obama carried — albeit narrowly — in 2008 and 2012.

Steve Israel, for mistaking a padded résumé for a thick one, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

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