Daniel Ruth column: Give Mike McCalister a Purple Heart for his paper cut
Times columnist Daniel Ruth on Florida's U.S. Senate race:
When he entered the political arena, retired Col. Mike McCalister of the Army Reserve wanted you to believe he was some sort of derring-do, special operations, international man of mystery who gallivanted about the globe with a dagger clenched between his teeth, guns blazing on the trail of evildoers.
Indeed, or so the resume suggested, this guy could kill you with his left earlobe — if he wanted to. Why, you would have thought the Rambo of MacDill Air Force Base made SEAL Team 6 look like King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Alas, as we have learned, Col. McCalister has quickly become the General Halftrack meets Maxwell Smart of Florida politics.
Many politicians butter up their biographies, making it seem that their leadership was pivotal in getting laws passed, or persuading Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, or that without their economic brilliance we would still be trading in pelts.
But McCalister, who is running for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, has taken self-aggrandizement to stratospheric Donald Trump heights.