by Dustin Siggins | May 3, 2014 10:20 am
This is an interesting little tangle of a story:
Pinellas County’s Democratic chairman left a bluntly worded voicemail telling well-known St. Petersburg pastor Manuel Sykes he would be “persona non grata” if he followed through with plans to run for Congress.
The reasons? It came out in 2007 that Sykes had a kid out of wedlock…oh, and he’s black:
“Listen,” Hanisee said in an unprompted comment, “to me it has nothing to do with whether he is white or back; he is just not a credible candidate in this particular district.”
“Because he lives in another district, he’s never run for office before, (and) he has no prior political experience. If you check the demographics, it’s like a 2 percent, 3 percent African-American district.”
So, in other words, Hanisee thinks that people in the district won’t vote for a black person who lived in the district until it was recently restructured. But they’ll vote for someone who only became a Democrat after the government shutdown last fall:
Democrats have landed a last-minute recruit, Col. Ed Jany, a registered Democrat, to challenge Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., this fall.
The party recruited Jany to run after Jolly won a high-profile special election in Florida’s competitive 13th District earlier this spring.
However, in a strange twist, Jany will not appear on the ballot on the Democratic party line because he just registered as a Democrat last fall – switching from the GOP. Because of the “Charlie Crist Rule,” as one party strategist called it, or “Sore Loser Law,” a candidate must be registered with a party a year before filing for office from that same party.
Since Jany falls short of that requirement, he must run as a Non-Party Affiliated candidate in the general election.
“An American hero, Colonel Jany’s service, independence and proven ability to bring people together to get results is exactly what’s missing from the broken politics of Washington,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said minutes after the Florida filing deadline lapsed on Friday.
Oh, and the kicker? Jany doesn’t live in the district.
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