Florida Candidate Revamps Military Record
August 21, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
PLANT CITY, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) — A Florida candidate for U.S. Senate backed off claims about his military record amid allegations he may have padded his resume.
Republican Mike McCalister, a retired colonel in the Army Reserves, said this weekend he accepted responsibility for “any misrepresentation” that might have been included in his campaign literature.
“If there was any misrepresentation, I accept responsibility,” said McCalister, 59, who denied any deliberate misleading of voters.
The Miami Herald said Sunday McCalister came under the scrutiny of a veterans group called Stolen Valor, which questioned his claims that he had testified before Congress about national security and had been involved in secret “black ops.”
A spokesman for Stolen Valor said McCalister’s record indicated he was a solid staff officer who performed some support work for Special Forces units; however he did not serve in combat.