Updates on Libertarian Party Nomination Race for Florida Governor

So far, two candidates have announced they are running for Governor of Florida in 2014 seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination:

 

Adrian Wyllie, current Libertarian Party of Florida chairman

Website: http://wyllieforgovernor.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WyllieForGovernor?fref=ts

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Wyllie

 

John Wayne Smith, perennial candidate and Boston Tea Party 2008  vice-presidential nominee in Florida

Website: http://www.johnwaynesmith.com/

 *Note: Joe Wendt is running for Lieutenant Governor as Smith’s running mate. Wendt is the treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Hillsborough County and was a 2008 precinct captain for Ron Paul and also presidential elector for independent candidate Alan Keyes in the general election.

 

In addition, political consultant and former “GOP hitman” Roger Stone is exploring a run. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Stone).

 

The following was published on theglobaldispatch.com on May 8th: 

Libertarian Candidates Adrian Wyllie,  John Wayne Smith Offer Sharp Contrast For Florida Governor

The May Libertarian Party of Hillsborough County (LPHC) Monthly Meetup offered a great look ahead to Libertarian candidates in Florida and the goals of certain candidatesalready running for office.

During the May 8 event, gubernatorial candidates John Wayne Smith and Adrian Wyllie headlined a list of candidates who spoke and met attendees at the event.

“I’m not a nice guy, but I’m fair,” Smith said as he called out improvements and concerns in the LP. “I’m really disappointed in last year and I think it’s been a disaster.”

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Wyllie chose a different tone, discussing financialgoals, volunteers and petition updates. “We are on a path to victory,” he said as he asked for libertarians to “take a stand” and run for office.

Many of the speakers detailed their backgrounds and qualifications.

Here’s the full of list speakers at the event:

Governor: John Wayne Smith and Adrian Wyllie

Chairperson, LPF: Dana Moxley Cummings and Char-lez Braden

Vice Chairperson, LPF: Alex Snitker

Region Two Rep., LPF: Michael Malterer

Soil and Water Conversation Board: Joseph Wendt (also LPHC Treasurer)

Director at Large, Position Three, LPF: David Hester (also LPHC Chairman)

LPF Treasurer Danielle Alexandre and Orange County Chairperson and current Region Three Representative Vicki Kirkland were also in attendance.

For further details about the LPHC and LPF, visit the LPHC website and Facebook page, and the LPF website and Facebook page.

 

May 8th post on the Wyllie for Governor Facebook page: 

The Wyllie For Governor Team has hit a new milestone. We now have over 500 volunteer staffers out there getting petitions signed and spreading the word. We’re on track to hit our goal of at least one volunteer in each of Florida’s 6,000 precincts. Thank you to everyone who is out there working hard for liberty. Keep up the great work!

 

On May 12th, Wyllie released a 7 point economic plan on his campaign website: 

I have a seven-point economic plan to restore and grow our economy.

In order to invigorate the state economy and create the right conditions for prosperity and job growth, we first have to identify the root causes of the economic problem, and then implement a comprehensive plan to fix it.   Most of the problems we face originate from too much government intervention.  Government spends far too much of our money.  To feed their spending habit, government over-taxes us, which stifles free enterprise and individual prosperity.  Government over-regulates us, placing barricades in the path of small business growth.  Government plays favorites by providing subsidies or tax breaks to some businesses, giving them a competitive advantage over all others.  And finally, government sometimes even turns a blind eye when large corporate interests flaunt the law and defraud the people.

First, we will dramatically cut the size of the state budget. Gov. Scott seeks to increase the state budget to $74.5 billion. That is absolutely ridiculous.  My staff and I have been combing through the state budget searching for waste and inefficiency.   No more pork projects for legislators and special interest groups.  After an initial review, I believe that we can cut the state budget by over 30% without negatively impacting critical government services.  The less money government spends, the more money the people get to keep, spend and invest.

Second, we will cut taxes. With a reduction in the state budget, we can allow Floridians to keep more of what they earn by reducing taxes. One of the first taxes that I plan to cut are “ad valorem” taxes, or taxes on tangible property. This takes many forms, from the property taxes you pay on your home, which are assessed and collected by your county government; to tangible taxes all businesses pay annually on their office equipment, machinery, tools, etc. Reducing the tangible tax burden on businesses will mean more capital available to them to expand their business and hire new workers. Capping, reducing, and eventually eliminating property tax will stimulate the real estate market, by making home purchases more affordable.  We will eliminate special favors, tax breaks and subsidies to a select few business, preferring instead to cut taxes equally across the board.

Third, we will reduce unnecessary regulation. Across the state, I’ve spoken with many small business owners, as well as people who would like to start a small business.  One of the most common reasons people tell me that they don’t expand or start their business is the difficulty in complying with government regulation, licensing, permitting, environmental impact, and the nightmare of bureaucracy one must deal with in order to comply.  Small business owners are forced to follow with volumes of sometimes idiotic regulations from State agencies like the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Department of Environmental Protection, Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Revenue, Department of Economic Opportunity, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Corporations, etc., etc., etc. Many of these agencies are riddled with inefficiency, and sometimes even corruption.  The barriers to entry for small business start-ups are difficult to overcome.   This heavy-handed and unnecessary over-regulation costs Florida jobs.

Fourth, we will keep the federal government out of Florida’s economy. For decades, the federal government has exceeded its Constitutional authority under the Commerce Clause to regulate business occurring within state boundaries. I intend to champion legislation to exempt any product that is grown, manufactured, fabricated, distributed, sold and consumed within the State of Florida from any federal regulation whatsoever. Therefore, federal regulations would have no jurisdiction over any business providing a good or service exclusively within the State of Florida. This would include everything from firearms to hemp to medical services. My “Florida Intrastate Commerce Act” will create an economic boon not seen in a generation. The job creation and economic growth resulting from the influx of new businesses in Florida will be envy of the nation, and would become the model for other states to adopt.

Fifth, we will protect Floridians from a potential dollar crisis. I propose that we begin transacting state business in gold and silver as required by Article 1, Section 10 of the United States Constitution and introduce competing currencies legislation as Utah has already done, and other states are considering.  This will give the State of Florida the ability to protect the value of our holdings with sound money, and lay the groundwork for Floridians to conduct transactions in an alternative form of currency should the U.S. Dollar experience a decline in value.

Sixth, we will sell a portion of the state’s land holdings. Currently, the State of Florida owns 14% of all the land in Florida. That’s more land area than the entire state of New Jersey. The State continues to acquire more land every year. Only a fraction of that land is in the form of parks or recreation areas. The proceeds from the sale of state land could be used for a variety of purposes that would benefit all Floridians, or could simply be returned to the rightful owners — the people of Florida. We can do this without sacrificing a single acre of existing state park or recreation area land.

Seventh, we will prosecute fraud. There’s absolutely no doubt that fraud has been committed, and is still occurring, in the mortgage industry. Banks and lenders have defrauded investors through mortgage backed securities manipulation. They defrauded homeowners through “robo signing” and improper custody of promissory notes. In many cases, their fraudulent practices have been overlooked by Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, and all levels of government. In fact, government has seemingly gone out of their way to obfuscate and legitimize their illegal activities. The only way to prevent this from ever happening again is to prosecute those responsible, within the scope of state authority.

 

The following was posted on JWS campaign website April 17th: 

 John Wayne Demands Accountability in the LPF

“Dame these people make me sick.

I despise ignorant, stupid people who have no idea what they are doing and do not care.

3 months into the campaign and already Mr. Wyllie, his campaign treasurer and Lynn House have violated the law and are subject to fines and jail time because they do not know the law and do not care that there are rules when one is dealing with the state.

There is a total limit of campaign donations in the state of Florida of $500.00 for the whole campaign which in this case goes from Jan. 10 2013 to December 1 2014.

Ms. House has already donated $750.00 or maybe $1000.00 to the Wyllie campaign.

2 others have already reached the limit and several pushing the limit.

And then the LPF Treasurer has filed a waver for the party. 2 of them in a row. Do you mean to tell me that the LPF has not taken in any money in 5 months.

I hope that you people enjoy paying the fines and spending time in prison because I am going to put you there.”

— John Wayne Smith

 

Upcoming events, from the Wyllie for Governor website: 

Come out and support Adrian Wyllie and the Seminole County Campaign for Liberty.

Adrian will be there to discuss his run for governor and support the local Campaign for Liberty group.

The date is 6 June (Thursday) and the time is 7:00 pm.

This meeting will take place at the Imperial Dynasty Chinese Restaurant and Lounge, which is located at 2045 West State Road 434 in Longwood.

 

Adrian will be participating in the Libertarian Party of Orange County Gubernatorial debate with John Wayne Smith.

The date is 19 June (Wednesday) and the time is 7:00 pm

This debate will be in the meeting room off the lobby at East Central Condos located at 530 East Central Blvd, the highrise at the SW corner of East Central and Eola Drive in downtown Orlando.

 

 

38 thoughts on “Updates on Libertarian Party Nomination Race for Florida Governor

  1. Joe Wendt

    I will admit I am biased, but Adrian Wyllies’ position on Alternative Currencies is unconstitutional, as per Article 1 Section 8 (which gives Congress the sole authority to coin money and regulate currencies) and Section 10 (which expressly prohibits states from coining money).

  2. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    Joe, I’m glad you were involved in the Ron Paul campaign, but why where you an elector for Alan Keyes? He is very, very far from being a libertarian. He’s a neocon, especially on social issues and foreign policy.

  3. Joe Wendt

    Ron Paul wasn’t on the ballot in FL, and I am admittedly pro-life, which Alan Keyes has been consistant on.

  4. Joe Wendt

    To be fair and balanced, I also wish Roger Stone would either run or shut the F*** up. Whoop dee do, he’s thinking about running. He’s gotten alot of coverage, for thinking. Seriously, announce your intentions or shut up. We have two candidates already, so there will be a primary. He can either join in or keep his mouth shut.

  5. Dr. Jimmy Rustles

    @1 – Libertarians aren’t constitutionalists. The constitution is not a libertarian document. You won’t see a libertarian defending the 16th amendment.

    Go join the CP is once you worship the constitution and are staunchly pro-life enough to support neocon Keyes.

  6. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    Glad to hear you are pro-life, Joe. I am too, and I wish more Libertarians were as well.

    And I agree about Roger Stone. Fuck him. I’ve always maintained he’s a neocon infiltrator in the LP on par with Wayne Allyn Root (WAR).

  7. George Whitfield

    I think Adrian Wyllie will be a fine candidate for Governor. He impresses me. I look forward to voting in the first Libertarian Party primary in Florida.

  8. Richard Winger

    People who are pro-life should work to persuade women not to have an abortion. One pro-life activist has arranged for people to stand near abortion clinics with large signs, offering a free ultrasound. The pro-life organization then provides the free ultrasound to any pregnant woman who had been thinking about getting an abortion. Another way pro-life people can prevent abortions is by working to make birth control devices and pills extremely easy for any woman of child-bearing age to obtain. The Netherlands makes such devices and pills easily available, and that country has one of the lowest abortion rates in the world, far lower than in the U.S. Libertarians know that persuasion, not force, is the answer.

  9. paulie

    Article 1 Section 8 (which gives Congress the sole authority to coin money and regulate currencies)

    False. It says nothing about “sole.”

    and Section 10 (which expressly prohibits states from coining money).

    Let’s take a look:

    No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility

    That means that states can make gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts, but they can’t stamp their own denominations on it. Several states are already making gold and silver legal tender, BTW.

    KL

    Alan Keyes? He is very, very far from being a libertarian. He’s a neocon, especially on social issues and foreign policy.

    JW

    I am admittedly pro-life, which Alan Keyes has been consistant on.

    He’s pro-war, anti-gay rights, and a lot of other things that are completely anti-libertarian, even for anti-abortion libertarians. You have also supported many other extremely anti-liberty candidates.

  10. Joe Wendt

    Paulie, I don’t mind my logic being questioned. I was raised catholic and I do hold very conservative social views. Alan Keyes does match my personal views on social issues, althought I chose to keep that to myself. I also believe that I shouldn’t force my point of view on other people, and that people are free to do whatever makes them happy (as long as they don’t do it in front of me, lol).

  11. paulie

    Alan Keyes does match my personal views on social issues, althought I chose to keep that to myself. I also believe that I shouldn’t force my point of view on other people

    Keyes does. Therefore, if you don’t, your views don’t match.

    I don’t care what you think is moral, only what you (or the politicians you support) want to force other people to do.

  12. paulie

    I also openly admire Pinochet, because I am an anti-communist

    Admiring Pinochet does not follow simply from being anti-communist. Hitler was anti-communist too, do you admire him?

    You seem to have some rather confused views when it comes to backing politicians.

  13. Joe Wendt

    Pinochet liberalized Chile’s economy, making it the free-est (is that a word?) in the western hemisphere. His regime proved free-market reforms can work. And he eliminated communists, which is a bonus in my book. Comparing him to Hitler is a bit extreme since he did not commit any form of genocide.

    I do not admire Hitler, I am of polish descent and my Granfather was a pow of both the Russians (until he escaped death at Katyn) and the Germans. I also vehemently dislike Russians.

    I support anyone who supports the freedom of others, or whose social views match my own. I love Ron Paul because he was the best mix of both. I only wish there were more people like him. I will admit I do tend to lean right when it comes to voting, primarily because there is a lack of choice in FL.

    Keep asking question, and question anyone. That’s the only way to find out what’s going on.

  14. paulie

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinochet

    According to various reports and investigations 1,200–3,200 people were killed, up to 80,000 were interned, and up to 30,000 were tortured by his regime including women and children.

    This is who you admire?

    . I also vehemently dislike Russians.

    Right, because collectivist “vehement dislike” of ethnic groups is so compatible with a philosophy based on individualism? Any other ethnic, religious, etc. groups you “vehemently dislike,” while we are at it?

    I support anyone who supports the freedom of others, or whose social views match my own.

    Including, obviously, people who want to impose your social views by force on others who don’t share them.

    Like I said, very confused…

  15. Joe Wendt

    The Russians brutally killed my grandfather’s family. Why should I like them?

  16. paulie

    “The Russians” did not do that. Individual people following a political system did that. Do you understand the difference?

    I’m part Russian BTW. And also part several ethnic groups that were oppressed by Russians at different times in history.

  17. Joe Wendt

    my dislike of that ethnic group has more to do with my family’s history, rather than any political view.

  18. paulie

    So, do you or do you not

    * Hold ethnic group(s) collectively guilty for the actions of individual members?

    * Support politicians who want to force your moral views on other people who don’t share them?

    * Support warmonger politicians who want to bomb, invade and occupy foreign nations, killing many thousands or even millions of innocent people, while you simultaneously claim to be “pro-life”?

    * Admire a dictator who imprisoned, tortured and killed tens of thousands of men, women and children?

    * All while claiming to be libertarian?

    You are very confused, or still playing pranks.

  19. Joe Wendt

    I have bad feelings toward russians due to my family’s history with them. outside that, I really don’t dislike any other ethnic group.

    I support some politicians because I share their moral views, keeping in mind that usually when I vote on election day there are only two choices on the ballot, so I choose the lesser evil given the lack of options. In primaries (when I was a Republican), I tended to vote for the more libertarian minded candidates, although those are few and far between in this area.

    I am a supporter of the consistent life, meaning I am opposed to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia on religious grounds. Being a veteran, I am not a fan of war, however it is a natural instinct of man to want to kill and slaughter his fellow man. I look forward to a day without war, but being a realist it will happen regardless of my feelings and pray that we learn to embrace life, not war.

    I admire a man who implemented the free market reforms that ultimately paved the way for one of the fastest growing and most stable economy in the Western Hemisphere. Were atrocities made , yes; just as there have been during the American and French Revolutions. Again, it is natural for man to harm his fellow man; so during a time of great upheaval, one should expect the worst of man to come out. I’d rather hope that one day man will never have to resort to such actions again.

    Am I a libertarian? I tend to think so. I may not be a purest, I’m not perfect. I know I’m not confused. Your entitled to your own opinion. I rather just do the best I can to help the party that welcomed me without judging me.

  20. paulie

    I have bad feelings toward russians due to my family’s history with them. outside that, I really don’t dislike any other ethnic group.

    And you only rob gas stations, but other than that you don’t steal?

    I support some politicians because I share their moral views

    Forcing your lifestyle preferences on others and warmongering are extremely immoral.

    Being a veteran, I am not a fan of war, however

    You support politicians who are.

    Were atrocities made , yes; just as there have been during the American and French Revolutions.

    American revolutionaries tortured thousands of women and children? News to me.

    I know I’m not confused.

    LOL

    Your entitled to your own opinion.

    Well, OK; that is one thing we agree on.

  21. Steven R Linnabary

    And I agree about Roger Stone. Fuck him. I’ve always maintained he’s a neocon infiltrator in the LP on par with Wayne Allyn Root (WAR).

    OUCH!!

    You MAY be right, but thus far Stone has not embarrassed the LP which WAR was prone to do (every time he opened his mouth).

    And after perusing Stone’s FB page, I see nothing that puts him in the charlatan league with WAR (albeit he does seem a tad over concerned with the Kennedy assassination). And WAR COULD have been good for the LP had he chosen to build the party rather than just his ego.

    I would hope that until Stone does embarrass the LP that we welcome Stone with open arms.

    PEACE

  22. paulie

    You might have to look at a little more than his FB page. And he is way above Wayne’s league. Or below, depending on how you look at it. Scorpion, frog, etc. We’d have to be more than a little gullible to welcome him with open arms. I had some more on this typed up, but the computer keeps dying, so I won’t write it out again….maybe later when I am on another one.

  23. LibertarianGirl

    JW_The Russians brutally killed my grandfather’s family. Why should I like them?

    me_really?? all of them? are you sure the culprits didnt have some other nasty bloodline sneakin around in there?

    paulie you didnt tell me that you murdered someones grand dad. did you get drunk and forget?

    JW_ Were atrocities made , yes; just as there have been during the American and French Revolutions. Again, it is natural for man to harm his fellow man; so during a time of great upheaval, one should expect the worst of man to come out.

    me_ you make excuses for Pinochet’s atrocities and atrocities in general during war or upheaval, we should expect it you say

    me_well isnt it possible the people who killed your family were going thru the same thing? or do you only support atrocity when its a particular country or peoples you like ?should the peoples affected by atrocities from regimes you like hold entire peoples accountable ?

    sadly your not alone with that insanity, it reminds me of radical Muslims who think all Americans are responsible for the atrocities dealt them , instead of a corrupt government .

  24. Darryl W. Perry

    JW “…keeping in mind that usually when I vote on election day there are only two choices on the ballot”

    You live in Florida, correct?
    Since 2000, there have been at least 3 candidates on the ballot for US Senate. There have also been at least 3 ballot listed candidates for Governor in the last 3 elections (since 2002); and since 2000 there have been 10, 7, 13 & 12 Presidential candidates on the ballot in Florida. Not to mention that write-in votes are allowed for any candidate filing a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate.
    Looking at the races for US House, it does appear that many of the races had only 2 ballot listed candidates, however, write-in votes are still an option.

    Regarding the 2008 election, the Florida Division of Elections counted 174 write-in votes for Ron Paul, so your argument that you had to vote for Keyes because Paul wasn’t an option is invalid.

  25. paulie

    LG and DWP. good points. I’ll try one more time re: Stone

    *You may recall what he did to LPNY and Warren Redlich and his family;

    *He’s still proud of the Nixon tattoo on his back; what does that tell you?

    *Lifelong, proud dirty tricks operative; and you want to trust him?

    *Has a previous history of using alt parties and dummy candidates to manipulate election results;

    *Openly said that was his intent in trying to get LPNY to nominate Davis rather than Redlich;

    *May well have worked behind the scenes to sabotage Johnson’s fundraising at the end of the campaign because he was not being paid as much as he wanted or given enough control over the campaign;

    *Even more recently while discussing his possible run for Governor expressed admiration for his would-be Republican incumbent opponent and the hope that by running primarily on social issues he would hurt the Democrats (on FB, iirc)

    And this is who you want to embrace with open arms? Again the scorpion and the frog comes to mind.

  26. Steven R Linnabary

    OK, perhaps “open arms” is asking a bit too much.

    Does “cautious optimism” sound better?

    I’ll stipulate that if I lived in Fla., I would undoubtedly be supporting John Wayne Smith.

    But that doesn’t mean that Stone shouldn’t be given a chance. A fair chance.

    PEACE

  27. FYI

    Sensible pessimism seems more warranted, especially since his manipulation is not very subtle.

  28. FYI

    Stone has maintained residences in both Florida and New York for many years. I don’t know where his license, voter registration and so on has been in which years.

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