Trouble in Florida: DCCC-endorsed Candidate Suddenly Exits Race

Posted: May 13, 2014 1:35 PM

Democrats in Florida's 13th Congressional District are in trouble. When the candidate the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hoped to nominate refused to run, leaving them with the less-than-ideal option of endorsing a non-party affiliated political novice with an embellished resume, they held their noses and did so anyway.

But that was a mistake. The man they went out on a limb for -- and endorsed -- dropped out of the race today:

Two months ago Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) won the bellwether special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District by only a handful of votes. Today there isn’t even a candidate, much less a Democrat, for him to run against. Solid work, guys. Meanwhile, Democrats have no active candidate competing in the race at the moment and therefore must scramble to find someone to take on the (presumably) well-funded incumbent House Republican. Best of luck with that.

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s Katie Prill released the following statement:

“Words cannot describe what an epic failure this congressional race has become for the DCCC and Florida Democrats. After a devastating loss and wasting millions in the special election, one thing remains very clear: President Obama’s toxic agenda has cost the DCCC another seat that they couldn’t afford to lose.”