Interview: Libertarian John Wayne Smith and Running Mate Joseph Wendt Discuss Gubernatorial Campaign in Florida

John Wayne Smith is running for the Libertarian Party of Florida’s nomination for governor in 2014. Joseph Wendt is his running mate. The campaign website: http://www.johnwaynesmith.com/. Today, I conducted an interview with both candidates.

Krzysztof Lesiak

How long have you been involved in the LPF, and what where your prior political affiliations, if any, and activism?

John Wayne Smith

While I was in the US Army I joined the Republicam Party in 1966 I connected with the Libertarian party in March 1974 through Reason Magazine which was a public mouth for the LP at the time.

Krzysztof Lesiak

You were the 2008 vice presidential nominee for the Boston Tea Party in Florida. Why did you join the BTP, and do you feel it was a worthwhile effort? Did it help push the LP in a more radical direction?

John Wayne Smith

Since that time I have collected signatures for McBride – Bergland and most candidates until 1996. I have ran for public office in 1969, 1970. 1985, 1986 2000 2001 2002 2004 2006 2008 and now to do so in 2014

I quit the LP over the selection of Bob Barr and yes I did find it worthwhile but not by much. I relized that if the Reform caucus was to be defeated I would have to be in the LP. I hope that I did make the LP more radical at the National Convention of 2012

Krzysztof Lesiak

Ok. Why did you decide to seek the LPF nomination for governor next year?

John Wayne Smith

I want a real Libertarian in the race. My competition is not really Libertarian but Stone is closer than Wyllie.

Krzysztof Lesiak

Why would you consider Mr. Wyllie to not be a libertarian?

John Wayne Smith

I could write you a book on that but I will not. He is not a Libertarian in any manor.
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Krzysztof Lesiak

Ok, how about the 5 top reasons why he isn’t?

John Wayne Smith

He came into the Libertarian Party in order to take over and run it as his own kingdom. That is as far as I will go until the real campaign starts.

Krzysztof Lesiak

What are your top three or so issues you are running on? Also, when do you anticipate the active campaigning to begin in earnest?

John Wayne Smith

The active campaign will start after the first of 2014. I will campaign basically on getting rid of Government and crooked politicians. Strengthening the protections of private domain. Change Insurance Laws, Asset forfeiture laws, reduce the political power of corporations and many other things.

Krzysztof Lesiak

What are your hopes and desired outcomes for the LPF convention, held May 24th-26th?

John Wayne Smith

I hope that we elect a rational chair and vice chair (Char-lez Braden and Mike Kane). If not it will be a long time before we have an effective LP in Florida

Krzysztof Lesiak

Have you gotten any significant support for your race yet, or is it still early in the season? Such as LPF leaders and even others outside the state?

John Wayne Smith
I have not tried. Such an early start will kill participation in the election if I try to hard too early. I will not accept donations until the begining of 2014.

Krzysztof Lesiak

Anything else you’d like to talk about, perhaps anything I’ve missed?

John Wayne Smith

A lot but not tonight. I just would like for members of the Libertarian Party of Florida to pay attention once the campaign really starts.
Oh and I did led the reorganization of the LP in Florida in 1986
I do have a web site John Wayne Smith for Governor.

A few questions for Joseph Wendt, running mate of John Wayne Smith, running for Lt. Governor in Florida.

Krzysztof Lesiak

How did you first become involved with the LPF?

Joseph Wendt

Well, I was running for Soil and Water Conservation Board in 2010. The local LP leaders read my platform, and they wanted me to join them and run as their endorsed candidate for the non-partisan position. Then in 2012 they elected me Treasurer and drafted me to serve again this year.

Krzysztof Lesiak

Ok. How long have you known John Wayne Smith, and how did you become his running mate in the Floridan gubernatorial election in 2014?

Joseph Wendt

I’ve known him since 2010, when I attempted to make a failed GOP primary run for State Representative. He was the first person to encourage in being a libertarian.
How I became his running-mate: Well, I wanted to make a write-in bid for Gov, but when JWS saw Adrian Wyllie was going to make a run, he decided to run. Since JWS has been a good political mentor to me, I told him I’d help him in any way he wanted.

Krzysztof Lesiak

Why did he and you decide to run as a ticket against Mr. Wyllie for the LPF nomination?

Joseph Wendt

To be blunt, Wyllie is a bit of an ass who bends the rules to favor his own interests. I personally dislike him because he was partially reponsible for me being drafted to my current position again, after I had stated I did not wish to serve this year.

Krzysztof Lesiak

Ok. What our your campaign’s major issues?

Joseph Wendt

Primarily to reduce the size and scope of government throughout the State of FL.

Krzysztof Lesiak

Ok. What campaigning do you plan on doing before the nominee is decided. Also, I’ve heard this will be the first primary in the LPF history. If so, do you know when it will be held and what voters will be eligible to participate?

Joseph Wendt

The primary should be in the summer of next year. AS for the campaign, we are waiting until after the convention to focus on actively campaiging so we can get our ducks in a row and get some volunteers together so we can competitively compete for the nomination.

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