Second Amendment advocates attend the Rally For Our Rights Manasota at the COL. Mike McCalister (USA, Ret.) Republican Candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, on Saturday in support of gun rights. They listened to guest speakers in the park before holding a demonstration march across the John Ringling Causeway.
A “Rally for America” on Saturday morning in Munn Park had about a half-dozen speakers talking about protecting the gun ownership rights, respecting Confederate monuments, and preventing sharia law.
LAKELAND — A “Rally for America” Saturday morning in Munn Park at the Confederate monument, attended by about 150 people, was peaceful, with about a half-dozen speakers talking about protecting the gun ownership rights, respecting Confederate monuments, and preventing sharia law from infiltrating the U.S. court system.
“We believe that there are forces that want to destroy our constitutional way of life and our republic,” said Andy Strickland, a St. Petersburg attorney who helped to organize Saturday’s event. “Maintaining and respecting our historical monuments and memorials are ways that we believe will allow us to achieve that honorable and noble goal that is preserving America’s history — past and future. … If they could remove this monument today, they could remove your monument tomorrow.”
Mike McCalister, a retired U.S. Army colonel from Plant City, is running to replace fellow Republican Adam Putnam for Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
“I’m concerned about the future of my grandkids and great grandkids,” said McCalister, who holds a degree in agriculture from Southeast Missouri State University. “I want them to inherit the same America that we inherited. We must make sure that they learn in school about our founding fathers, our Constitution and our proud brave heritage.”
Mike McCalister entered the race for Florida Agriculture Commissioner, setting up a four-way Republican primary to replace Adam Putnam, who is termed-out and running for Governor.
Florida Politics previously reported that McCalister, a retired Army Colonel, was eyeing a run for the seat with a decision to come in early spring.
McCalister got some name recognition when he ran for governor in 2010, the same year Rick Scott won his first term, and when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2012. He took 10 percent in the Republican Primary for governor — more than 130,000 votes — despite spending less than $10,000 on his campaign.
Chatter about McCalister launching another campaign for statewide office grew loud early in the year as he made stops at Republican clubs and town hall meetings. Continue reading…