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Libertarian Roger Stone will not run for Governor of Florida

The following statement from former GOP operative turned Libertarian Roger Stone ( was published on The Miami Herald website on May 26, 2013:

While I am sorely tempted to be a candidate for Governor of Florida, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate. I have come to the conclusion that my own, shall we say, colorful lifestyle and the bumps and scars of hundreds of political fights would be a distraction from our message of Liberty.
I am also a political realist. Florida is one of the most expensive media states in the country. It will take millions of dollars to even make voters aware that there is an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. If there is any lesson from last year’s Presidential campaign it is this- it doesn’t do any good to have a compelling platform if no one knows about it.

You could shake hands with voters everyday between now and Election Day and not reach as many voters as one prime-time television spot in the Miami media market. “Money is the mother’s milk of politics” as a great politician once said.

I have no interest in a symbolic race or protest candidacy. Without money- and the press coverage that comes with the viability money connotes, a statewide candidacy is doomed. Has anyone noticed that, other than the local Naples newspaper, there is no media here today?

I have suggested that Tom Golisano of Naples, on the Forbes list as one of the wealthiest businessmen in America, who once spent $75 million on an Independent candidacy for Governor of New York on a Libertarian platform to consider making the race.

While I disagree with Governor Rick Scott on some issues the prospect of putting Charlie Crist back in the Governor’s office, even if inadvertently, is something I cannot be a party to. 823,000 jobs lost in just four years, early embrace of Obamacare and flip-flopping on every issue for politics. No, four more years of Charlie Crist is unthinkable.

I plan to channel my efforts toward the 2014 Constitutional Amendment to allow doctors to prescribe medicinal marijuana for those who are suffering or dying. My own father died a horrific death from bone cancer just eight weeks ago. I watched as the poisonous drugs they gave my father to ease his pain destroyed his quality of life and did more harm than good. I am convinced medicinal marijuana would have helped my father. Those in the Florida Legislature who would not allow even a hearing on medicinal marijuana should be ashamed of themselves.

Some in the Libertarian party need to learn that politics is the art of inclusion. Politics is about addition and not subtraction. Politics is about running more candidates for office not less. Politics is not about arguing about the arcania of Austrian economic theory or endless bickering over party rules.

I think it is great that the Libertarian Party of Florida will select it’s candidates for statewide office in an August 2014 primary- but I ask you- who are our candidates for CFO, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture? Political parties grow from the grassroots up not from the top down.

The Liberty movement is bigger than any one person or any one political party. It is, in my opinion, the only force than can save our cherished freedoms. I congratulate those here today who have dedicated themselves to this movement for America’s future.

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Krzysztof Lesiak

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  1. Joe Wendt Joe Wendt May 26, 2013

    Well, it looks like John Wayne Smith will easily be nominated for Governor.

  2. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak Post author | May 26, 2013

    Even though I dislike Stone a lot, this quote bears repeating:

    “Politics is not about arguing about the arcania of Austrian economic theory or endless bickering over party rules.”

    THIS. A million times this.

  3. LPF Fails Again LPF Fails Again May 26, 2013

    I’m not sure how to take Stone’s announcement. While I didn’t trust him, I think his candidacy could’ve been a good thing for the LPF. On the other hand, his announcement means the FL GOP doesn’t even consider the LPF strong enough to be worth their time.

  4. Richard Winger Richard Winger May 26, 2013

    He should run for the Florida legislature.

  5. George Whitfield George Whitfield May 27, 2013

    Adrian Wyllie was nominated for Governor.

  6. paulie paulie May 27, 2013

    Pretty sure that will be next year.

  7. Eric Sundwall Eric Sundwall May 27, 2013

    Headline should read:

    Libertine Republican can’t get enough LP support in Florida: Afraid to Protest

  8. paulie paulie May 27, 2013

    He should run for the Florida legislature.

    You think his ego could stand that?

  9. LPF Fails Again LPF Fails Again May 27, 2013

    @5. Florida no longer has 3rd parties nominate via convention. LP candidates qualify for the ballot the same way the Dems and GOP do.

    If more than one LP candidate qualified for the ballot, which may happen if John Wayne Smith is doing more than blowing smoke up people’s ass, than there will be a primary.

    At the current pace Adrian is collecting petitions he will fall well short of that goal. We’ll see if they have the funds to get on the ballot or if they’ll have to beg the LPF to get them on like his buddy Alex Snitker did.

  10. paulie paulie May 27, 2013

    Is either Smith or Wyllie going to qualify for the primary on their own?

  11. LPF Fails Again LPF Fails Again May 27, 2013

    JWS claims to have the personal funds needed to pay the filing fee. Granted, he claimed the same thing in 2010 and that turned out to be one big clusterf**k.

    Wyllie’s team is currently collecting petitions to get on the ballot. You need 110,000 signatures to run for a statewide office, and they’re on pace to collect roughly 30,000-40,000.

    Wyllie’s campaign manager said they have enough funds to pay the filing fee if their petition drive fails.

    Assuming something doesn’t cause Wyllie’s campaign to come off the wheels I think he’ll qualify for governor. As for JWS, we’ll see. It’ll give me great pride to vote NOTA in a Libertarian primary.

  12. paulie paulie May 27, 2013

    Thanks. I guess we’ll see.

  13. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn May 27, 2013

    What’s the filing fee?

    Is that in lieu or in addition to petition sigs?

  14. LPF Fails Again LPF Fails Again May 27, 2013

    The Florida Divison of Elections won’t post the filing fees until June 1st.

    Wyllie’s campaign manager said the filing fee is $10,500.

    However, filing fees in Florida are roughly 6% of the salary of the office you’re seeking. Florida’s governor’s salary is $130,000. Which would make the filing fee somewhere between $7,500 and $8,000.

    The filing fee would be in lieu of the petitions.

  15. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn May 27, 2013

    Is that true for Federal offices too?

    Tom Stevens ran for President on the Objectivist Party line in two states (Florida and Colorado). I thought that was because it was relatively easy to get on the ballot in those two by merely filling out a form and paying a modest fee.

    If it’s in excess of 10K, I don’t think the Objectivists will have any candidates in the 2016 race in Florida.

  16. paulie paulie May 28, 2013

    I don’t believe it applies to presidential races. Otherwise FL would not have had so many presidential candidates on the ballot in each of the last few elections.

  17. Adele Jeter Adele Jeter May 28, 2013

    I had my hopes up that Roger Stone, Libertarian for the legalization of medical marijuana, would run for governor. His entry into the gubernatorial race would have brought the issue of legalization of marijuana to the forefront of the campaign and forced debate on it. Now it’s back to the doldrums. I have more confidence in Roger Stone than I do in run-of-the mill politicos like Charlie Crist or Rick Scott.

  18. Alan Pyeatt Alan Pyeatt May 28, 2013

    Just as a side note, when somebody posts under a name like, “LPF Fails Again,” I tend to discount their remarks. It sounds to me like they WANT the LPF to fail, and are trying to create that perception.

    Constructive criticism should always be welcome, but the emphasis should be on the word “constructive.”

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