PALM HARBOR – For decades, the Libertarian Party of Florida has sat on the political sidelines watching the Republicans and Democrats run up the score. But Adrian Wyllie thinks that the LPF has the right philosophy to get in the game, and he has the right plan to level the field.
Wyllie, a Libertarian since 1991, announced his bid for the Chair of the LPF this week. He says that he is building a coalition of highly motivated, effective professionals to lead the party out of obscurity.
“The time is right for the LPF to become a viable force in Florida,” said Wyllie. “The libertarian message has always resonated with voters, but the problem has been the implementation of the party’s goals and a weak public perception. I plan to change that.”
Wyllie, who owns an IT consulting firm and co-hosts a syndicated AM talk radio show, has laid out a three phase plan to advance the LPF. First, he says, that party must get some wins in the public relations battle in order to increase membership and funding. He plans to do that with a combination of a mass media push and by building stronger relationships with other like-minded political groups.
Second, he plans to implement a structure to embrace and coordinate those who, as a result of the LPF’s new visibility, want to be involved. “We will develop a process to handle the influx of people who want to either help financially or volunteer their time,” said Wyllie. “That’s an area where we’ve been deficient in the past, and we can no longer tolerate it.”
Wyllie says the third step is to dramatically increase the number of Libertarian candidates for political office in Florida, and to provide them the financial and structural backing that they need to win in municipal, county and state-wide races.
No stranger to running political campaigns, Wyllie just wrapped up his role as media director for the U.S. Senate campaign of Alex Snitker. The Snitker campaign was widely considered the most visible and effective Libertarian campaign ever run in the State of Florida. Snitker finished fourth behind Rubio, Crist and Meek in a field of 10 candidates, and resulted in a new wave of supporters for the LPF.
While he concedes that it will take many years to achieve equal footing with the Democrats and Republicans, he states that he can educate voters that there is a third political option in Florida. “Our message is simple: Liberty,” said Wyllie, “which is what most Americans are truly yearning for. But we must shout from the rooftops that there is a politically party who sincerely wants to achieve it.”
The Libertarian Party of Florida convention will be held on April 29 through May 1, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in West Palm Beach, and is open to all registered Libertarians.