Michael Waltz delivering [the mail] in ‘undercover Congressman’ role

Michael Waltz
The effort harkens to the Grahams' WorkDay efforts

Yes, that might really have been U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz delivering your mail in Daytona Beach, or filling your ice cream cone in New Smyrna Beach or flipping your pizza dough in Port Orange.

The Republican Congressman from St. Augustine Beach, whose Florida’s Congressional District 6 stretches from south of Jacksonville to north of Orlando, is turning his own version of the CBS TV series “Undercover Boss” with his “Undercover Congressman” program, taking shifts in various jobs throughout his district.

It’s not unlike what former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and his daughter former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham did with their “WorkDays” efforts. Yet while the Grahams characterized it as a day walking in someone else’s work boots, Waltz, a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard and Green Beret veteran of the war in Afghanistan, sees it as being about getting back into the trenches.

“In the military, you get down in the fox hole and get down with the troops as the best way to understand what’s going on,” Waltz said.

Waltz began going undercover at businesses in April.

So far, he has delivered packages with UPS, served chicken sandwiches and waffle fries at Chick-fil-A, dipped ice cream for customers at Dairy Queen, hand tossed pizza dough at Giuseppe’s Steel City Pizza and, on Wednesday, delivered mail with the United States Postal Service.

The postal service job, in particular, inspired his military viewpoint, as he noted that the service is one of the largest employers of veterans in the country, employing more than 100,000 veterans. The USPS currently employs more than 644,000 people, nearly 340,000 of whom work as mail carriers. Forty percent of mail carriers are women.

Waltz plans to continue to visit more businesses for future episodes.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]

One comment

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 9, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Sir are you a real Republican or a goper trumper? I hope sir you are a good and decent American first and a party second. It is embarrassing to watch the goper trumpers! The goper trumpers are a cult not a party of good and decent Americans. Thank you for the effort to know the work first hand.

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