Saturday, May 10, 2014

After He's Defeated In November, Ed Jany Can Teach At A DCCC Mail Order School Specializing In How To Lose Blue Districts


Steve Israel, as we mentioned earlier in the month, failed again. He always fails. He fails at everything. Tangent: one of his closest allies in Congress sent me a note yesterday to tell me that Israel's philandering has led to a second divorce and a catastrophic personal financial situation that "puts him at risk of being unduly influenced by corporate interests who promise him a lucrative post-Congress future… [and] makes him want/need favors now, like a cheap re-fi on his home when he wouldn’t otherwise qualify. Will he turn up with $80,000 in the freezer?" Israel is the 6th most indebted Member of Congress and has a net worth of minus $795,000. He "has a small account worth less than $1,000 and a retirement account worth more than $15,000, which is something many middle-class folks can probably relate to. However, as with the other members of Congress on this list, his debt is pretty high. His liabilities come from a mixture of mortgages, credit card debt and the dreaded student loan debt from his children. All this debt combined totals up to about $800,000."

But the Israel "ally" wasn't the only politician who wrote to me about him yesterday. A Democratic candidate who hates his guts-- which, believe me, describes almost every Democratic candidate since 2011-- suggested I look a little closer at Israel's horrific recruit for the FL-13 seat he already screwed up twice before-- once in 2012 and then again last month when he was key to Alex Sink's tragic loss. The new recruit is fatally-flawed Republican-tunred-indepedent, Ed Jany, now running, disgracefully, as a Steve Israel Democrat. Israel, Hoyer and Florida's sad, pathetic excuse for a Democratic Party first strong-armed Rev. Manuel Sykes, president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP, out of the primary. They even lied to him and told him St. Petersburg's progressive mayor, Rick Kriseman wanted him out, which Kriseman says is pure, unadulterated bullshit. Then they anointed Jany, a snake-oil salesman from Brazil who has exactly no chance to win whatsoever. But not just because Jany, like the rest of Israel's wretched recruits, does't stand for anything.

Jany is a phony through and through and anyone who even cared to do the slightest due diligence on this character and references would have seen right through him. By not bothering to look, Israel is handing the GOP another win in FL-13, a district that voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, and was widely considered to be one of the best chances for a Democratic pick-up anywhere in the country.

Jany has tried to pass himself off as a college graduate but he went to something called "Madison University," not James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, ranked as the 6th best college in the South, and not even James Madison High School in Brooklyn, where Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Norm Coleman, Andrew Dice Clay, Ken and myself, all went to school. And Carole King.

No, Jany's Madison University is an unaccredited diploma mill located in a Gulfport, Mississippi post office box. The only accreditation it has is from some kooky, senile woman obsessed with Atlantis and bizarre, paranoid conspiracy theories. In their 2003 catalogue they offered a price list of what it would take for "students" like Jany to "earn" various degrees:

This is all public information that Israel and his lazy, incompetent, corrupt staff at the DCCC could have found as easily as I did-- The Google-- before they recruited him as the DCCC candidate and immediately put him on the Red To Blue Emerging Races list.

Alex Leary, the Washington Bureau Chief for the Tampa Bay Times, pointed out that even before this revelation about the fake education claims came out, Jany had "considerable challenges" to overcome. He switched party registration too late to be allowed onto the ballot as a Democrat so he'll appear as a "no-party affiliation" candidate. And although Alex Sink endorsed him-- for whatever that's worth-- the shoddy way the DCCC and their local allies have treated Manuel Sykes, is sure to hold down African-American and white progressive participation in the election, not just making it impossible to defeat Jolly, but jeopardizing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate as well, who absolutely must win a landslide in his native Pinellas County to win statewide against Rick Scott. Back to the original premise: Steve Israel-- the ultimate loser! What will it take for Nancy Pelosi to open her eyes? How many more catastrophes?

This evening, the Tampa Bay Times also noticed the discrepancies in Jany's c.v. and real life. They're calling his educational record "dubious." Jany, who doesn't live in the district, "boasts a degree from Madison University, a school often described as a diploma mill without a campus or classes, but which Jany insists is a legitimate institution. In his online Linked­In resume, Jany lists a degree from the University of Minnesota, which he attended from 1982 to 1986." But he lied; he didn't get a degree from the University of Minnesota, just a fake one from Madison "University."

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At 12:48 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

This is the kind of nonsense I'm talking about in my essay on Millennials and how we will remake institutions, including political parties, to suit our needs and worldview. THAT'S how real change will happen. Don't expect the DCCC & DSCC to look the same 10-15 years from now...

At 4:37 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Hopefully they won't look the same 15 months from now, after they've lost both Houses of Congress.

At 2:58 PM, Anonymous JDM said...

But Howard Dean got excited and yelled yippee! once. Can't have that.

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back when Howard Dean engineered a Democratic Victory, he got kicked to the curb, Obama kept OFA all to himself rather than try to join forces with the Dean Democrats, and it's been all downhill from there. Meanwhile, is it possible to sink any lower than this Steve Israel guy? Words are not adequate to convey my disgust.

At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At some point, real Democrats will be forced to realize that the party elite are rat fucking them at every turn. Blaming individuals like Steve, and Rahm before him, is silly. The job of the DCCC isn't to put Democrats into office. Instead, it's job is to raise huge sums of money from the people who own is country. Supporting real Democrats is counter productive, and does not further the organization's goals.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger DLeopold said...

Now it turns out that Israel's handpicked candidate in PA-8 might have broken campaign finance rules in spirit if not in law, and almost certainly with the help of the DCCC. Turns his parents maxed out on donations to various candidates around the country, just as parents of those candidates maxed out to their son.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

I'm working on the Strouse story now. You were perceptive to post it here because, like the Jany catastrophe, this is another Steve Israel Special.


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