The Good Ole Boys of the local Republican Party are scared and they are showing it! The leadership has already taken the extraordinary step of working to alter the local republican executive committee by creating a six person race for the five seats in precinct 140 in Pinellas. Now they have resorted to telling outright lies and ask people to vote for people who won’t even mention their qualifications or positions on the issues. (Fortunately these stale old GOP power brokers are fading away and you are witnessing their last desperate attempt to hold on to power).
In a mudslinging mail piece, the local republican leadership smeared me with a series of lies, labeling me as “unfit” to be the republican precinct committeeman. The mail piece is in stark contrast to the one sent out by yours truly, Dr. McKalip, to the precinct earlier highlighting over a decade of service to the community and actual positions on the issues that matter to republicans. My piece mentioned that I paid for it myself, but the smear piece doesn’t mention the shady characters who funded it. (Download full size version of my mail piece here.)
The piece offers complete lies and fabrications. For instance the piece states I “resigned in disgrace from the Florida Medical Association (FMA)”. In fact, I am a dues paying member of the FMA who recently received a certificate of appreciation for ten years of service there. The piece falsely claims I supported expansion of Medicaid in Florida, when I actually wrote the FMA policies that ensured the FMA opposed Medicaid expansion and made sure the FMA insisted that insurance companies must stop onerous HMO practices in medicaid. The piece complains that people call me a “gadfly” at City Council meetings. Gasp. Does that mean I show up to speak for tax cuts, less regulation and freedom? So be it. The piece mentions that I didn’t get elected to City Council in 2013 – yup, turns out that St. Petersburg residents are voting liberal these days, mainly because the local Republican party has been a complete failure at promoting republican principles. The smear campaign complains that I point out that Trump is failing to talk about working with Congress when he says “I alone can fix this”. They refer to the fact that I am chastising Trump for Calling Ted Cruz a liar for months, then suddenly saying he didn’t mean it in early June. They correctly point out that I want to vote for Trump but want him to mention the Constitution and Freedom. My reservations with Trump put me in company with the likes of known liberal diehards like David Jolly, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and more. So be it.
However there is a reason why Jeff Brandes allowed me to put the following statement on the mailer: “Dr. McKalip is a proven leader”. There is also a reason why I am pictured together with Dr. Ben Carson and Congressman Tom Price (a major Republican leader in Congress) as I worked with them pushing conservative republican principles at the national level.
They cast doubt on my interest in putting a conservative in the White House and don’t mention the “Hillary for Prison” sign I had stolen from my front yard.
The smear merchants would like you to vote for a list of other folks. They don’t mention anything about their qualifications. They ignore that I am a successful businessman, neurosurgeon and community activist who helped stop the Greenlight Pinellas tax hike, exposed corruption at PSTA, had St. Petersburg anti-free speech ordinance declared unconstitutional and more. They don’t mention what any of the others have done. Have they signed a paycheck, created jobs, worked for tax cuts, stood up in public for property tax reform? Of Course not.
So, the voting republicans in Precinct 140 have a clear choice: one who proudly states what he stands for, his qualifications and plans. Alternatively you can vote for the good ole boy establishment who send out false smear campaigns against a leader who is changing the local Republican Party for the better. The choice seems pretty clear. Remember, if these good ole boys weren’t scared of someone actually making them do what they crow about – cut taxes, regulations and promoted freedom – they wouldn’t be spending their money on lies.