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[/break1]tampabay.com/news/military/macdill/article1188158.ece]Miami Herald





Senate candidate Mike McCalister breaks Army rules, wears uniform to fundraiser





Mike McCalister, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, violated U.S. Army regulations by wearing his uniform to a political fundraiser — a move that further fuels the criticisms of veterans and service members who say he's misleading voters to seem like more of a soldier than he ever was.





A retired colonel in the Army Reserve, McCalister has made his military record central to his campaign, which has launched the political newcomer into the top tier of a crowded field of Republican candidates.





But his website and campaign speeches have been full of so many strong-sounding claims that he's now drawing fire from former subordinates, a high-ranking general at U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa and the veterans group Stolen Valor. The group obtained photographs of McCalister wearing his ceremonial uniform at a Feb. 16 fundraiser, the Highland County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.





"The retiree is not authorized to wear his uniform to political events," said U.S. Army spokesman Troy Rolan. He cited regulations that say current and former service members should only wear the uniform to ceremonial events, such as Memorial Day, and should not wear the outfit to political functions.





"This is inappropriate," said Ed Maxwell, a Jensen Beach Vietnam veteran and member of Stolen Valor, a nonpartisan group of vets committed to blowing the whistle on candidates who misrepresent their service.
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It appears that Florida Congressman Connie Mack (R-14th CD) had a change of heart. Then again, it might be that Republicans have figured out Sen Bill Nelson wasn't going to be seriously challenged by any of the present Republican candidates.





There might be one small problem for the Teabaggers about Mack.


But as the Miami Herald reported, Mack’s comments that Arizona’s controversial immigration law was reminiscent of the Nazi-era Gestapo might repel conservatives and other Republicans.[/break1]realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/10/27/connie_mack_expected_to_enter_florida_senate_race.html]http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articl ... _race.html
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Even though three candidates remain in the Florida Republican Senate primary race, the race is effectively down to two who have a plausible chance of winning- Congressman Connie Mack and former Senator George LeMieux. Former Army Colonel Mike McCalister is still in the race, but he’s not gaining the necessary traction or support that will enable him seriously compete in the primary.[/break1]net/2012/03/01/26303/]http://shark-tank.net/2012/03/01/26303/I thought some here might enjoy an ad LeMieux is running in Florida criticizing Connie Mack IV as a spoiled brat, or as LeMieux describes him, "Two and a Half Macks".
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Real Clear Politics still has this race designated as a "Toss Up" but it may not stay that way much longer. Sen Nelson has a 10+ point lead on all 3 potential opponents competing for the Republican nomination.Democrat Bill Nelson leads all 3 of his potential Republican challengers by between 10 and 14 points, a new survey of Florida voters from Public Policy Polling finds. Nelson leads Republican frontrunner Connie Mack IV 47-37, he leads Mike McCalister 47-35, and he leads George LeMieux 48-34. The state of the race is largely unchanged from the last time PPP polled the contest in November 2011, when Nelson led Mack 46-35, led McCalister 47-32, and led LeMieux 48-34.[/break1]publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/04/nelson-leads-republican-field-by-double-digits.html#more]http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main ... .html#moreThe RCP link below shows Sen Nelson with a very comfortable lead over any of the 3 Republicans from a variety of polls spread out over the last year.[/break1]realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/florida_senate_race.html]http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls ... _race.html
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While Senate races are not necessarily bellwethers for Presidential campaigns, I think this one will be. I think that state-wide Floridians are tired of being fooled by Republicans.
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It appears that Florida Republicans aren't a bunch of happy campers. Former Republican Congressman Dave Weldon is considering entering the campaign for the Florida US Senate seat.“I have had a lot of people in Florida ask me to get in, including elected officials and special interest groups,” Weldon said in a brief interview Thursday. “They think I’d have a better shot at winning in November, beating Sen. Bill Nelson.”Weldon’s potential eleventh hour entry is the latest signal of unrest within Sunshine State Republican circles about the party’s chances of knocking off Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) The current field includes two problem-plagued candidates, Rep. Connie Mack and former Sen. George LeMieux.While conservatives remain wary of LeMieux for his past ties to former Gov. Charlie Crist, Mack’s campaign has been pillioried by Florida media for its missteps.A physician in Malabar, Weldon is a staunch conservative who inserted himself into the Terri Schiavo controversy by arguing that she was not in a vegetative state. A fierce proponent in Congress of banning late term abortions, he has also called Jesus Christ one of his biggest political influences.[/break1]politico.com/news/stories/0512/76167.html]http://www.politico.com/news/stories/05 ... htmlWeldon was first elected to the House in 1994 then re-elected 6 times. He decided not to seek re-election in 2008.[/break1]politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0108/Weldon_wont_be_seeking_reelection.html]http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/ ... ction.html
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The Florida Republican US Senate primary (Cliffsnotes Version):





Connie Mack IV:


“If he’s [Connie Mack IV] the nominee, he’ll lose. Because it will become a character contest and Connie Mack can’t win a character contest with anyone,” said [former Sen George] LeMieux, who has labeled Mack the Charlie Sheen of Florida politics.George LeMieux:


Mack’s dicey start would seem to create an opening for LeMieux, who served 16 months in the Senate after the resignation of Sen. Mel Martinez (R) in 2009.





But as [Charlie] Crist’s former chief of staff and longtime confidant, he is saddled with the former governor’s apostasy of abandoning the party in 2010 and running for the Senate as an independent.Mike McCalister


The Washington Post apparently doesn't consider him to be a realistic competitor. McCalister is not mentioned in the article.





And what is Democratic Sen Bill Nelson doing?


Part of Nelson’s leisurely pace can be explained by the fact that Florida Republicans will be occupied for months longer [Florida primary is Aug 14] with a nasty and expensive primary. The rest of the explanation may be that even some Republicans are starting to believe that whoever emerges from the GOP primary fight may be too seriously flawed to put up the kind of campaign that would threaten Nelson’s bid for a third term.[/break1]washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-campaign-in-florida-off-to-a-sluggish-start/2012/05/12/gIQA5lg7KU_story.html]http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ ... story.html





No wonder Florida GOPers are looking for another candidate.
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While Senate races are not necessarily bellwethers for Presidential campaigns, I think this one will be. I think that state-wide Floridians are tired of being fooled by Republicans.That's why Republicans feel it is vitally important to keep any Floridians who feel that way from voting.They have a healthy start at rigging the election already.
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Two recent developments:





Wednesday, May 16


Florida Rep. Connie Mack IV (R) today got the endorsement of presumptive GOP White House nominee Mitt Romney, boosting his effort to win the GOP nomination to take on two-term Sen. Bill Nelson (D).


[/break1]atr.rollcall.com/florida-connie-mack-iv-gets-mitt-romney-endorsement/]http://www3.atr.rollcall.com/florida-co ... dorsement/Today


The Republicans seeking to oust Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida have more company in their race: former Florida Rep. Dave Weldon.


[/break1]blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/18/another-republican-enters-senate-race-in-florida/]http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/20 ... n-florida/Florida Republicans are dissatisfied with Connie Mack and the other Republican bozos running to unseat Sen Nelson so they ask former Congressman Weldon to join the race at this late date. What does the presumptive Republican nominee do? He endorses one of the earlier comtestants.





Way to go Mittens!
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What do you do if your primary election opponents keep asking hard questions about your credentials for office. Well if your Connie Mack IV you solve the problem by declaring the primary season is over and you won. Voila.The Florida primary election will be Aug 14 but Mack is not about to allow that little detail interfere.Connie Mack has declined an invitation to participate in a statewide prime-time televised debate, effectively declaring the GOP U.S. Senate primary over.Mack has faced aggressive questions over his credentials by rival George LeMieux. Other candidates include Mike McCalister and Dave Weldon.[/break1]tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/mack-declares-gop-senate-primary-over-declines-statewide-televised-debate]http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz- ... sed-debateActually for Mack, this move might prove beneficial. I doubt Mack wants to be on the same stage as Weldon or McCalister, especially Weldon.
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Former US Senator George LeMieux ends his campaign for election to the Senate.LeMieux was behind in fundraising, behind in name identification and behind in big-name endorsements when compared to Mack, a sitting congressman from Fort Myers and the son and namesake of former Florida Senator.[/break1]typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/06/george-lemieux-calls-it-quits-in-florida-senate-race-connie-mack-all-but-guaranteed-nominee.html]http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpol ... minee.html
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson holds an overwhelming 14 percentage point lead against Republican challenger Bill Nelson - 16 percentage points among registered voters. It's the second poll to show such a big, double-digit lead by Nelson.[/break1]typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/09/fl-poll-obama-49-romney-44.html]http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpol ... ey-44.htmlnelson beating connie mack.
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"Keep up the Fire"
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Real Clear Politics has polls listed by 7 different organizations taken since Sept 1 and all except two by Gravis Marketing show Sen Nelson with a lead of 5pts or better over "Two and a Half Macks" (see March 8 post above).





WeAskAmerica..........9/18-9/18..Nelson +5


FOX News................9/16-9/18..Nelson +14


Gravis Marketing.......9/15-9/16..Mack +1


Rasmussen Reports....9/12-9/12..Nelson +7


NBC/WSJ/Marist.......9/9-9/11...Nelson +14


SurveyUSA..............9/7-9/9.....Nelson +11


Gravis Marketing......9/2-9/2.....Nelson +1


PPP......................8/31-9/2....Nelson +7


[/break1]realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/fl/florida_senate_mack_vs_nelson-1847.html]http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls ... -1847.html





The National Republican Senatorial Committee is in a bind. If they abandon Florida's Senate race it becomes harder for Rmoney to carry the state.


[/break1]nrsc.org/]http://www.nrsc.org/
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Time is running out for "Two and a Half Macks".http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n63 ... 10-03b.jpg[/break1]realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/fl/florida_senate_mack_vs_nelson-1847.html]http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls ... -1847.htmlGravis Marketing appears to be asking for responses while standing just outside Florida GOP offices. Their poll results are less believable than those from Rasmussen.
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Gravis Marketing appears to be asking for responses while standing just outside Florida GOP offices. Their poll results are less believable than those from Rasmussen.A couple of weeks back there were results (somewhat offputting) from YouGov in a bunch of the polling results. Those now seemed to have disappeared.Probably a good thing. They were spamming one of my LinkIn groups in the last week or so, offering "gifts and prizes" for signing up for their panels.
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I was wondering what that bullshit operation was.
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Gravis Marketing appears to be asking for responses while standing just outside Florida GOP offices. Their poll results are less believable than those from Rasmussen.I noticed they are the only ones showing Akin ahead of McCaskill too. Also.
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Update:





Rasmussen and Public Policy Polling both have an Oct 18 poll for this race. It's not often you have a Rasmussen poll with the Democratic candidate leading by a larger margin than the PPP poll when both are the same date.





http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n63 ... -10-26.jpg


[/break1]realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/fl/florida_senate_mack_vs_nelson-1847.html]http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls ... -1847.html
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Looks like Bill Nelson won this :-bd
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Looks like Bill Nelson won this :-bdHe's not the sharpest knife in the drawer but he sits on the correct side of the aisle. I'll take it. :D
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Beats a sharpened stick in the eye every time.
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