An apology to Dr. David McKalip

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My New Year’s resolution was simple: “More friends, less enemies.”

Unfortunately, Dr. David McKalip has been in the latter category, rather than the former. That’s mostly my fault. 

I would like to write how I don’t know where McKalip and I went wrong, but I know. It was when he forwarded an email about President Barack Obama that was decried as semi-racist. Inexplicably, it became a national story. I helped break that story.

I never let up on Dr. McKalip since that incident. I have harangued Dr. McKalip as a Tea Party “extremist” and “loon” since then. I am sorry for that.

Yes, Dr. McKalip is a Tea Partier and his views are more extreme than mine, but he’s no loon. Make no mistake, I vehemently disagree with Dr. McKalip’s worldview (at least on most issues), but he’s not crazy or any of that.

Dr. McKalip is actually a brain surgeon. He’s also a father. He’s a human being and I am sure it hurts him when people like me say nasty things about him.

Well, I won’t be saying nasty things anymore about Dr. McKalip. I reserve the right to ferociously disagree with McKalip’s political views. And I’ll probably refer to him as a right-winger or Tea Partier, but I am saying goodbye to the personal attacks against him.

And, again, I apologize for the nasty things I have said in the past about Dr. McKalip.

Yes, Dr. McKalip recently accused me of some pretty nasty stuff, too. We met recently discuss all of that. We are putting it behind us.

More friends, less enemies.  

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.