National Democrats back Ed Jany against David Jolly
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is throwing its weight behind a political newcomer named Eduardo Jany to run against David Jolly in November.
But Jany is not a Democrat and he doesn’t live in that Pinellas County district. He has served in the military for 33 years and lives near MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
During a short phone conference with reporters Friday, Jany said he is looking for a home in Pinellas.
"Listen, I'm sure it's going to come off. I live 8 minutes away from MacDill Air Force Base. I've had to my residence there because of the fact that I do so much work with military operations and have to be accessible. I've been looking for years for a place in Sand Key. My wife and I spend a significant amount of time in Pinellas County. Not a week goes by that we're not at Mazzaro's for cannolis and espresso or we're not having gelato ... or at Sand Key running on the beach or at Fort DeSoto with our dog. So I don't think it's an issue and I think being able to represent Pinellas should not be predicated solely on where you come from. If that's the case then somebody needed to call David Jolly on the fact that he owns property in Washington and has probably slept more nights in Washington, D.C. than he has in Florida."
During a special election for this seat in March, David Jolly used the carpetbagger label against Democrat Alex Sink.
On the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website Jany is listed as running with no party affiliation even though he said he switched from Republican to Democrat “several months” ago. Due to a recent election rule, a candidate must be assigned to a political party for one year before running under that affiliation.
Jany says he is running because Congress is broken. As for Obamacare, another issue that dominated the special election in March, Jany wouldn’t say whether or not he supports the law. Instead he suggested that people come forward with ideas on how to restructure it. Today was the last day for candidates to qualify.