Lacking name ID and money, Mike McCalister blazing grassroots trail in U.S. Senate race
Mike McCalister is going into overdrive to put himself on the Republican map in Florida's 2012 U.S. Senate race.
The 58-year-old former Army colonel from Plant City has nearly 20 events across the state this month, including a visit today to the Republican Women's Club of Saint Johns County. He has 15 events already set up next month, from traditional GOP groups to those aligned with the tea party (see schedule in jump)
His campaign, which this week got FEC approval to raise money, has taken offense to news reports that do not mention him as a candidate. He's still a minor figure but backers say he has shown promise.
In the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary, McCalister got a late start and had little money but took 10 percent of the vote -- or 130,272 -- which was more than three times the 37,684-vote edge that gave Rick Scott his victory over Bill McCollum.
February 8th Brandon Tea Party Hillsborough County
February 9th Titusville Tea Party Patriots Brevard County
February 10th The Villages Republican Club
February 12th Highlands County Republican Club
February 14th Polk County Governors Luncheon Red heart Valentines Day.
February 16th Republican Women's Club of Saint Johns County. Carrabas. St Augustine
February 17th Logan's. Mary Esther Cut Off, Fort Walton Beach Fl, 6pm. Senior Chief Ross speaking for the Colonel with National Security Coalition
February 18th 10th Amendment Group with Andrew Napi
February 19th Meet and Greet at the Holiday Inn Express Panama City. 6 pm Bay County Patriots.
February 20th Bay Patriots Walk. Key Note Speaker. Panama City Beach
February 21st. 7.30 am. In studio guest 94.5 FM Fort Walton Beach, 9 AM meeting with Mrs. Barbara Wall. Okaloosa REC. Chairman. Denny's FWB
February 21st Marianna Tea Party Meeting 6pm
February 24th South Lake Tea Party, Lake County
February 25th Fisherman Rally St. Petersburg
February 26th Citrus County Republican Club. 8.30 AM
February 27th. Pinellas County 9/12 Glenn Beck Group. 2 pm
March 3rd Alex Stitker Group in Pasco County
March 5th Volusia County REC breakfast
March 8th Perry Tea Party Group Taylor County
March 10th. Summerville Florida. Brigitte Gabriel Rally. (Senior Chief Ross coordinator with Brigitte Gabriel and Act for America)
March 11th Ocala Republican Club 6pm
March 12th Citrus County Republican Club Inverness
March 15th Levy County Republican Women's Club, Homosassa Springs
March 16th Walton County Republican Women's Federated. Noon
March 17th Winter Haven 9/12 Glenn Beck Group. Polk County
March 18th. Save America Convention. Marriot Waterside. Tampa. Key Note Speaker Judge Napolitano Fox News
March 19th. Military Officers Association. Key Note Speaker. Magnusson Grand Hotel, Altamonte Springs
March 22nd. St Augustine Tea Party
March 24th Polk County REC meeting
March 25th Volusia County Women's Republican Federated
March 31st Pruce Creek Patriots Tea Party Group Volusia County