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Florida Candidate Revamps Military Record

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.

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