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Mike McCalister: I didn't lie. I have a bad memory

Two days after being personally asked about his misstatements over whether he "testified" before Congress, Republican Senate candidate Mike McCalister pens a written response (our initial backgrounder on the candidate is here). He said he didn't "lie" when he denied saying he testified before Congress. He said he just didn't remember saying it.

Here's his letter, which we cribbed from St. Petersblog:

Dear Patriot,

I’m writing to clarify an issue with you.  Yesterday, a Miami Herald reporter called me a liar.  At issue is whether or not I testified to Congress. I’m not a career politician who has spent years perfecting my rhetoric and changing my positions based on which way the political winds blow.  I speak from the heart, because I’m a regular guy who was inspired to stand up for our country, similar to how other Tea Party supporters were inspired to run as they watched Barack Obama mortgage our children’s future.

Although I didn’t recall saying it when asked by the reporter, I did say that I testified .When serving at the United Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Tampa, I had the opportunity to accompany the Deputy Commander, Lieutenant General (LTG) W. P. Tangney, as the Subject Matter Expert to a hearing.  The Army, like all other branches of the military, work as a team.  I sat under the bright Capitol lights with General Tangney, who relied upon my research and counsel to give accurate testimony to Congress. Although I wasn’t the person sitting behind the microphone, my position on the team was integral to the mission and I considered it our testimony, and the testimony of the United States military, which I so proudly served in for 33 years.

In fact, my Senior Rater, LTG Tangney wrote in my April 2002 Officer Evaluation Report (OER) that I “led the USSOCOM team at congressional hearing on military readiness, assisting [LTG Tangney] greatly in the testimony…”  In the same OER, my Rater, Major General Bargewell wrote that I was “tasked with leading a commander-directed Tiger Team on Special Operations Forces…Because of the high visibility study, [McCalister] was tasked with serving as subject matter expert for U.S. congressional testimony on Military Readiness and National Security.”

I served honorably in the Army National Guard, Army Reserves, and on Active Duty for a total of 33 years between 1971 and 2005.  I’m an average every day guy and candidate for U.S. Senate who believes our country is heading in the wrong direction.

Unfortunately, there are people out there that want to pick apart every word I’ve said or written.  They take one or two statements, and try to use them to define me and my candidacy.  Frankly, that’s why a lot of good people stay out of politics.




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Chuck Winn

This quibbling is par for the cours for Mike McCalister. With him it's been one deliberate embellishment or misrepresentation after the other. Had Mike candidly responded to the 6 Questions when we first contacted his campaign, this situation could have been avoided. We started emailing his campiagn privately begining in early July, weeks before that Quinnipac poll was released.

Marc Caputo's well researched article also revealed: “In one typical speech available on YouTube, Mike McCalister stressed his active duty when he addressed the Volusia 9.12 Project on Jan. 28. “I did it all: private E1 active duty; I was an active duty colonel. In the guards, reserves, active duty. My best works are no doubt when I had that uniform on,” he said.”

Service in the National Guard and Reserves during the Vietnam Era was a perfectly honorable way of fulfilling a military obligation. Druing the Vietnam era, the Guard and Reserve strategic reserve Cold War missions were a valuable deterrent to Soviet aggression in Europe. However, as an enlisted man, Mike's experience was limited to active duty for training. This is a prime example of his cleverly worded deceptive lexicon he has delivered in campaign speeches.

Chuck Winn

Sick of Winn's slander

Chuck you are a liar and a bitter, recriminatory old useless man. How pathetic that the best you can do for a living is to try to smear other people so you can look and feel better about yourself. If you were mislead by Colonel McCalister, then you are not very bright. Given that he has had a career in the medical field, how much intelligence does it take to figure out that he would be in the Reserves. I have listened Colonel McCalister speak 8 - 10 times and NEVER did he say that he has had time in the trenches. You are deliberately misleading and twisting his words and relying on video that can easily be edited to suit your purposes. You are a Hasner supporter through and through and you are lying about it. Why don't you write about Adam Hasner showing up at a military event honoring WWII veterans, wher he was told NOT to campaign, but he did anyway and took photos with the Vets and then left BEFORE the Ceremony. That is all he thinks of you Vets. You are NOT worth an extra minute of his time. If you have not been paid, the You have been USED, but that's not surprising for a Jew. When you look in the mirror, I hope you see that buffoon that we all see. Way to serve your country Winn. They need to throw you in the bin for bad apples.

Sick of Winn's slander

Mark Caputo, Chuck Winn, Royce White and Sarah Rumpf are ALL Hasner supporters on a campaign to try and discredit Colonel McCalister because as Chuck twistingly stated above, Mike McCalister was winning in the polls. This is all about the top man having a target on his back. Cry baby Hasner sure didn't like it when he received the scathing letter from the exploited Vats telling him what a pathetic low life they thought he was and that he lost all of the vets votes. Cry baby Hasner had to run to Uncle Chuckie to save him. Hey Chuckie. let's hear about Hasner's credentials. Didn't he form a protest group that went to Tallahassee one time? Didn't he show a couple of films on Islam and now he calls himself a national security expert. Hasner is the liar. Instead of being used, why don't you save our country from this fake Republican crybaby wanna be Senator. Honestly, Bill Nelson will eat Hasner alive. Hasner will be an embarrassment to all Republicans.

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