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Allen West- McCalister Should Release His Records

by Javier Manjarres

U.S. Senate candidate retired Col. Mike McCalister has been countering charges that he has intentionally misrepresented his military service to potential voters and supporters in the cause of his senatorial campaign.  On several occasions, McCalister emphasized ‘Special Operations’ and ‘Black Ops’ as part of his military background, but there is increasing criticism from both former military officials that are questioning the veracity of McCalister claims and the true extent of his military service.

“I never served in combat,” McCalister said after speaking to the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. “I accept responsibility if anything I have said has been misunderstood.”- (read more at Tampa Bay Online)

At the recent Florida Family Policy Council forum in Orlando, Florida, McCalister was questioned by reporters as to whether or not he had made the claim that he previously testified before Congress, but McCalister did not want to respond to questions that challenged whether he had ever provided Congressional testimony.  The entire exchange was videoed by several reporters, and as McCalister attempted to exit the building and with cameras still rolling, Jason Sager, one of McCalister’s aides, attempted to run interference for McCalister and shield him from questions. More on Sager in a minute. (Video)

McCalister has often stated in his speeches that “we need to send another hard-charging Colonel to D.C. to help Allen West out.”  On Friday, Congressman West was interviewed by Jimmy Cefalo on Miami’s 610 WIOD, and a caller asked West his thoughts about McCalister and the recent controversy surrounding him.

” He could put a lot of this to rest…Just show your DD 214.”- Congressman Allen West

You can listen to the entire West radio interview here (West’s comments about McCalister are at minute 21).

A DD Form 214 document states a service member’s entire military record- the member’s duty stations, decorations and awards, and months of service in the armed forces.

But there are more questions are being raised about the campaign team that McCalister has assembled. Jason Sager, mentioned earlier, was himself a former candidate for U.S. Congress in 2010, and during that campaign, he had ‘suggested’ to then candidate Marco Rubio that if he wanted local Tea Party support, he would first need to come out and endorse his congressional campaign.

Sager actually bartered the support of the a local Tea Party group based in Citrus County to Rubio on the condition that Rubio would first endorse his candidacy. Sager ultimately failed in his congressional primary bid.  The Citrus County Tea Party group actually stated that Sager was a ‘ray of sunshine’ and had won their support- but is old school political arm-twisting really a ‘ray of sunshine’ or a tactic that any Tea Party organization should embrace?  As they say, sunshine is the best disinfectant…




About author

Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators.

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  • Fl. Republican voter

    Here is the audio go to (20:20) into clip. Minutes after Col.Allen West called out McCalister to show his DD214 McCalister admitted that he never fought in any battle in any war and that he apologized if he mislead anyone. Really?! McCalister should drop out! (Link to WIOD interview is above- ED.)

    • Get your facts straight

      McCalister NEVER said that he served in combat. You handful of paid Hasner and LeMieux hacks have taken McCalister’s comment “That I have done it all” out of context from the speech he gave about “What a U.S. Senator Does.” McCalister lists the “job duties” of a Senator and then he tells what his qualifications are. “He has done it all” and is still the most qualified candidate. With his undergrad degree in Agriculture and his PH.D in Business Management and his 20+ years of experience in the healthcare field. He is the best man for the job. He doesn’t need to even mention his military experience. Also, it is a bold faced lie that West called him out and “minutes later McCalister responded to him.” West was on a radio show and one of you “hacks” called in and asked gave him the misinformation stated above and asked him what he thought and he said well if he served in combat then he should release his DD214.” Allen West NEVER called him out. This was a set-up by you, so you could spread more lies about the Colonel because you are obviously scared that your candidate doesn’t even possess one of the qualities needed to be a U.S. Senator. I really hope the Colonel hires an attorney to sue you for libel, because you have twisted the facts so badly. This is slander at both Colonels – pure and simple.

      • Tea Party Voter in Fl.

        McCalister’s comment “That I have done it all” Was very misleading! Just like his whole campaign… He is a FRAUD!

  • WWII Vet

    McCalister, wears his military uniform showing off all his MEDALS as if he was General Patton or something? Plus he is not allowed to wear this uniform at these events. And now he admits he never served on the battle field? This guy is a clown. I’m so glad Allen West called him out! http://www.redstate.com/muckraker/2011/08/28/of-popinjays-and-%E2%80%9Ccolonel%E2%80%9D-mike-mccalister/

  • Maria

    This is the problem with McCallister, and others like him with the bizarre need to ‘exploit’ the military, even when just having served AT ALL should be source of enough pride: how can you trust their judgement and integrity in any other area going forward ?? I think an ‘apology’ is not enough at this point. This particular error in judgement is serious enough to disqualify him as a candidate period!

  • Vietnam vet

    Wow! I’m no longer a supporter. I want my donations back!

  • LauderdaleVet

    I don’t know the guy at all. Never heard of him. Fan of Allen West.

    Here’s McCalister’s Bio

    He can’t be all bad.

    Perhaps Mr. West was just giving him good advice.

    • Ed

      McCalister is no Allen West. Follow the links in the story or just Google Mike McCalister.

      Signed, an other Vet that doesn’t like fakes.

  • Iraq vet

    This guy McCalister is an ass clown. Anyone that was in the military or is still serving and still supports this guy is crazy!

    • Jasmine

      You are the ass clown to attack a Colonel. You discredit the entire military. By the way, Hasner lover, why don’t you please tell me the credentials Hasner possesses to be worthy of making any decisions regarding the millitary? He sent out mailer telling everyone that he was being attacked by terrorists (Ha Ha LMAO) – and you want to put a nut job like that in charge of deciding whether or not our country should go to war? Read for yourself: http://pushingrope.blogspot.com/2011/07/hasners-latest-nutty-mailer.html

  • John

    Certainly can’t pick a winner based on the words of a candidate, be they Conservative or Liberal, they all have to many different color spots! The stories change with the audience I voted here and early with my dollars in the way of Campaign Contributions, can you spell mistake? I’m outta here!

  • Shannon

    You know guys, it is so easy to find something to criticize about everyone running and difficult for really good people to run based on all the scrutiny and criticism that goes around. I certainly don’t know who the best pick is yet and we do need to vet them as much as possible but anyone of them would be better than Nelson who has voted with Obama on every single issue. I remember that the last election he ran on the slogan, “It is not about Democrat or Republican but right and wrong,” and that his choices would be made on that basis. Well, you can all see how that worked out. Give the rhetoric a break and work to elect the best person possible. If you don’t see someone that works for you maybe you should try running or find another qualified person who will. Focus people and work to build up not tear down.

  • Lowie

    I like the Colonel and contributed to his campaign. It is a fact he served in the military and his message is one that I can believe in. Whoever gets the nomination, we must ALL come together and boot Nelson and Obama out.

  • Lowie

    I like the Colonel and contributed to his campaign. It is a fact he served in the military and his message is one that I can believe in. Whoever gets the nomination, we must ALL come together and boot Nelson and Obama out.

  • DJ

    I find it amazing that people who can come on here many times a week to bash McCalister do not seem able to look up the facts. Right on his webpage is his whole factual military service stats.

    http://mikemccalisterforsenate.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=129&Itemid=225

    How many of the bashers have ever set foot in a military uniform? Many I see on here constantly bashing him are in fact Hasner/LeMieuz attack dogs which I find disgusting. You can’t change the fact that McCalister isn’t a career politician, which makes him my choice, no matter what the whiners say.

    • McCalister is a FRAUD!

      @ DJ, stop making excuses for McCalister the man got caught lying and he never fought on any battle field like he would make you think until he was called out. Give me a break the guy is done politically…

      • RINOHunter

        As a 10 year VET, I had to look further… I found that ADAM HASNER who started a witch hunt style campaign for statements that were never made. A campaign to created deception to avoid the issues, history and background of their own candidate. HASNER has never served a day in UNIFORM. He has NOT served nor defended the United States in any form. His campaign is coordinated out of Washington DC area (Potomac, MD) by Michael David Epstein, who is a Director of the “Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)” who in turn also instituted Swiftwater to create LIES and decieve the American people. It is basically a NeoCon conservatory of dispicable heights who defames those who don’t arbitrarily agree for U.S. tapayers to pay tributes to their country of choice.

  • GenEarly

    No Nelson, No LeMieux, otherwise take your time, look don’t listen, decide for yourself, quietly by yourself. You have almost a year. You may not even recognize the political landscape by then, or your former country for that matter.Breathe,remain calm, you will need your wits about you……….

  • mikeymike143

    either adam or mike is head and shoulders better than nelson.

  • Voice of Reason

    Those of you who are concerned about Col. McCalister’s service record should check this link out:
    http://centralfloridapolitics.com/2011/09/05/colonel-mccalister-served-his-country-honorably/#utm_source=feed&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feed

  • Perseids

    Any reasonable person knows that when it becomes an issue regarding the release of ones military service record, there is something to it. Why should anyone who has been truthful regarding said service hesitate for more than a nanosecond?

    Fwiw I’m still waiting for Sen. Tug Boat Kerry to come clean with his record of valor after he promised the late Tim Russart on his Sunday show he would authorize the Navy to release his complete file within the week, or whatever BS he he was slinging that day. When I find myself bored to tears at work I will ring his office to see if the release has been authorized yet. I’ve been waiting for that slugs records since the ’06 election cycle.

    Nothing new here. Waving the bloody shirt.

  • RINOHunter

    As a 10 year VET, I had to look further… I found that ADAM HASNER who started a witch hunt style campaign for statements that were never made. A campaign to created deception to avoid the issues, history and background of their own candidate. HASNER has never served a day in UNIFORM. He has NOT served nor defended the United States in any form. His campaign is coordinated out of Washington DC area (Potomac, MD) by Michael David Epstein, who is a Director of the “Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)” who in turn also instituted Swiftwater to create LIES and decieve the American people. It is basically a NeoCon conservatory of dispicable heights who defames those who don’t arbitrarily agree for U.S. tapayers to pay tributes to their country of choice.

  • Sam

    Well now, after the slander campaign at Colonel Mike McCalister, Shark Tank has finally come out and admitted that they endorse Adam Hasner. What a shocker!!! ~ (sarcasm) ~

    • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

      What slander?

  • Goldbug36

    When is Allen West going to call out Obama the USURPER, who has never revealed any information to the American public? We don’t even know his real name or where he’s from, but we’re learning his agenda.

  • Texas Tex

    McCalister is a FRAUD!!! He ruined his own campaign. He has only to blame…

  • Bob
    • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

      quit whining about this. You sound like a big baby-get over it.

  • Richard’s x-boy toy

    McCalister lost my vote. He is a disgrace…