Alex Snitker Crashes Media Event

Alex Snitker is the Libertarian Party of Florida’s candidate for U.S. Senate, as well as a former Marine. Yesterday Snitker crashed a press event that was held in Florida in which Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meeks, and Marco Rubio were all invited to address the media, but Snitker was not. His press release is excerpted below:

SARASOTA, FLA – When the Florida Press Association invited U.S. Senate candidates to speak to the media at the Ritz-Carlton on Thursday, there was one name absent from the list. Charlie Crist, Republican Marco Rubio, and Democrat Kendrick Meek all made the list. Even long-shot Democrat billionaire Jeff Green was included.

However, Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alex Snitker was not invited.

But that didn’t stop him from crashing the event to ask the FPA why he was excluded.  After Marco Rubio finished his 15-minutes at the podium, Snitker stepped to the microphone in the aisle and said, “I’d like to make a statement. I think denying a person who served eight years in the United States Marine Corps defending your right to have this today…is an atrocity.”

Snitker admonished the assembled press, saying, “You keep saying that career politicians are the problem, and you’re only going to allow career politicians and a billionaire on stage. You want to talk about the tea party candidate? It’s not Marco Rubio – it’s Alexander Snitker.”

FPA President Dean Ridings told Snitker that he would not be granted the opportunity to speak and called for security. Shortly thereafter, Snitker was politely escorted from the event by security, with a flock of reporters in tow.

Snitker is the first Libertarian ever to appear on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Florida. The Libertarian Party is fully recognized by the State of Florida, and is the third largest political party in the state.

According to Florida Division of Elections procedures, Snitker’s name will appear above Charlie Crist on the ballot, because Crist is running with no party affiliation. In a May poll, Snitker received 12% support in among likely voters familiar with him, Rubio, Crist, Meek.

“The mainstream media has intentionally ignored Alex, despite the groundswell of grassroots support, and despite all our efforts to reach out to them,” said Snitker campaign manager Kelly Lobean. “We’ve made the decision that we can no longer play by the status quo rules of politics.”

The decision appears to have paid off. Within minutes of Snitker’s impromptu speech, tweets were flying among media insiders. Several newspapers and 6-o’clock news programs were running the story, and even the Associated Press had weighed in.

“We’re just looking for a level playing field, that’s all,” said Adrian Wyllie, campaign media director. “We have called press conferences, sent out dozens of press releases, and spoken with countless TV news producers.  If they won’t report the news, then we are forced to make the news.”

Snitker’s appearance was covered by a number of outlets.

18 thoughts on “Alex Snitker Crashes Media Event

  1. Red Phillips

    I’m not sure how I feel about this sort of “party crashing,” but having security escort him out is over the top and counter productively sympathy producing if all he did was make a statement from the aisle mic.

  2. LibertarianGirl

    and what does he mean by ‘ ending the FEDERAL war on drugs’ will dry up funding for gangs and smugglers? I agree ending the drug war would do that , but i think the use of the word Federal is kinda strange, telling maybe…

  3. Carolyn Marbry

    LG@5, that could be because the states are already passing de facto legalization measures. Prop 215 in CA made medical marijuana legal in the state, but it didn’t stop the Feds from raiding MMJ clinics for violations against the federal laws that are still in place and still applicable. Same with the full legalization prop on our ballot in November. He’s running for federal office, so putting the emphasis on federal law changes makes sense, too.

  4. David Colborne

    His positions strike me as a classic case of way over-thinking his platform and getting way too wonky for his own health. It looks like he’s trying to appear somewhat tough on illegal immigration (politically necessary in Florida) while coming out with what probably sounded like a brilliant tax scheme in his head that, in the end, has zero chance in hell of success or passage.

    Taxes are like sausage – nobody really wants to know what’s inside the casing but everyone wants it to taste “good”. Just say you’ll “reform” the tax code and “simplify” it (taxwurst: now with less rodent droppings!) and let the details sort themselves out in committee.

  5. FunkyDude

    Wow, so much criticism for a guy that stood his ground against the establishment. Kudos to him for being heard, he had the right to.

  6. Justin Payne

    I am not sure he should have gone were he was not invited, this was not a government funded show it was private, and invitation only, sometime you can make an ass out of your self instead of getting the required results, bad stunt for him to do. fl independent

  7. Alexander Snitker

    What would you do in my Situation?

    I would like to explain my actions at the Florida Press Association’s candidate forum on Thursday at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota.

    I was only notified of the event about an hour beforehand . I dropped what I was doing in Tampa and drove to Sarasota. On the way I called Adrian Wyllie, the campaign media director, to let him know what was happening. He also called the Dean Ridings, President of the FPA, to ask why I was not included and to ask for the opportunity to speak.

    Adrian informed them we were on the way and my voice will be heard. We alerted the media to inform them of our presence. I arrived late and sat down midway through Kendrick Meek’s question and answer session. Afterword, Marco Rubio addressed the audience. It was only after Marco Rubio had finished that I stood to speak at a microphone placed in the aisle for guest comments. I did not interrupt any of the candidates.

    I said, “I’d like to make a statement. I think denying a person who served eight years in the United States Marine Corps defending your right to have this today…is an atrocity.” I asked for the opportunity to address the group and to answer questions just like the other four candidates, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist and Jeff Greene. They denied my request.

    Their justification was that only candidates polling above 10% in a credible poll were welcome to speak. I pointed out that Greene had not received 10% in a credible general election poll. Ridings cited a Quinnipiac poll that showed Green had more than 10%. However, this was a poll of Democrats only, and was limited to candidates in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. If we applied the same rules to the Libertarian party I would have undoubtedly polled above 10%, especially considering I am not facing a primary challenge and I already am the Libertarian nominee. If Greene has met that criteria of having at least 10% within his own party, then so have I.

    The bottom line is this: There is a good possibility that I would be polling ahead of Green in a general election poll right now. Our internal polling data suggests it. Since the media has never included me in any of their polls, how could they possibly know whether I am polling above or below 10%? We can only assume that they made a judgment call to exclude me based on their own preconceived notions and bias.

    What would you do under these circumstances?

    It is not obvious I that the media is attempting to determine who the candidates will be?

    Do you think my actions were justified?

    It seemed to me that the media would continue to ignore our grassroots campaign. I could not let that stand. I have been actively campaigning since June of 2009. In April of this year, I paid the $10,440 state qualification fee to ensure my name is on this ballot. It is against everything this country stands for to exclude me.

    I spoke for less than five minutes and then left without incident. Many in the press have described my actions using terms like “disruptive,” and described my speech as “frothing at the mouth.” I did not “storm out” as one reporter put it. In the hallway, I was greeted by several enthusiastic reporters asking for more information about my campaign. We did what was necessary for the media to recognize us. We made our point and left. We were heard. Let’s hope that they acknowledge that, and that they give a regular citizen a level playing field to compete vs. the career politicians and big money candidates in this race.

    In Liberty,
    Alexander Snitker
    Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate, Florida

  8. kevin knedler

    Alexander, you did the RIGHT THING. Good for you.
    We should be respectful, but it’s time we understand that sometimes we “can’t play nice”.
    It is indeed a balancing act.
    We are dealing with the same media crap in Ohio. But, it also our duty to offer serious and articulate candidates, that will be taken seriously by the public.

  9. Carla

    Don’t we have enough of the bully behavior? Currently, if our POTUS wants to do something, regardless of what anyone else wants or thinks is right, he forces it on us. This even was private and if someone wasn’t invited, then they should not go. Its called respect and dignity. If Snitker were truly a candidate who will do things differently, he would have thought of a better way to get his message out. There are multiple venues for which to do that. Looks like he would rather ride on someone elses dime instead of doing the work. hmm.. sounds like more of the same to me.

  10. Pat

    The real truth is Florida LP had great press relations and this GOP stooge and his buddies that took over the party set out to wreck those relations with these silly goon antics.

  11. david vaughter

    AMEN! Finally a voice not financed by the lobbyists and the DemGOP party. Rest assured
    you will get all the Ross Perot vote, mine included. Hang in there!

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