Republican Senate candidate Mike McCalister's campaign has some sartorial issues.
First, as we reported last week, McCalister wore his military uniform to a GOP fundraiser. That's a no-no. Then, the story also detailed how a sergeant major, Jeff Shera, noticed he broke Army regulations at MacDill by wearing the wrong cap. Shera also said the first time he met McCalister, after 2001, he wore a badge saying "Mike McCalister, PHd." (The influential Redstate blog has this take/photo lineup).
Now, word is surfacing that McCalister aide Jason Sager who tried to shut down questions about whether McCalister testified before Congress used to play dress-up as well -- as Che Guevara. It was all done in protest years ago to mock and undermine liberals. But it's something that caused Sager trouble when he unsuccessfully ran last year against fellow Republican Richard Nugent, who ultimately won the Hernando-Citrus heavy congressional district.
Sager's outfit and activities on behalf of a group called "Protest Warrior" were just too much for some tea partiers, as this Hernando Today story shows:
"Protest Warrior was a satirical, covert group who crashed anti-war and anti-George Bush protest events and blended in with the group. Members would hold up mock signs purporting to espouse the same liberal views.
"But Mattos, 62, said she has since learned that Protest Warrior had some overt racial discrimination overtones to it and she cannot be a part of that. She found posters on the group's website disturbing."
For many Cuban-American Republicans (70 percent of the GOP electorate in Miami-Dade), dressing up like Che is no laughing matter. Even though Sager was on the side of conservatives and trying to bash liberals, it's just too subtle a form of humor for Miami's exile community to chuckle about. That's especially true when one of your buddies dresses up like Castro.