The following, written by Roger Stone, was posted on the Libertarian Party of Florida Facebook group today. It was in responce to Alexander Snitker’s article, re-published on IPR: https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2013/05/alexander-snitker-its-a-matter-of-perspective-mr-stone/). Roger Stone is a former high-level GOP operative who joined the LP in 2012. He considered seeking the party’s nomination for Florida governor in 2014 but after months of speculation announced he wouldn’t do so at the LPF convention, held May 24-26th, 2013 in Naples.
“Our inclusion of people must not turn us from our principles and the newest “celebrity” to turn to our party will have to understand that part of our party. We do not accept “politics as usual.” We hold ourselves to a highly principled standard and are not impressed with a person’s status”………….Alexander Snitker
I can understand his frustration. I got more press coverage NOT running for Governor than he got RUNNING for US Senate , a race in which he got a meager 24,000 votes out of nearly 5 million cast. Celebrity has it uses. If you aren’t impressed with someone’s status perhops you can respect experience; have you ever elelcted anybody to anything? No ? Than how would you know how to? Trial and error?
The Libertarian Party of Florida would be wise to nominate a candidate who the press has some respect for and take seriously based on skill and experience or a candidate with substantial personal resources, enough to buy media to compensate for the press black-out of our candidate ( which we saw graphically in Gov. Gary Johnson’s campaign.)
If you can’t get covered in the media your campaign does not exist. Although poll show broad support for libertarian principles most Florida voters don’t know our party exists. Waving yard-signs and shaking hands will not elect anyone in a state this large. Remember that 2010 Senate race ?
“The money for campaigning and running a party is an issue that the new executive committee is ready to address”….Alexander Snitker. How ? Having a bakesale ? We need $5 M.
In a state the size of Florida, with some of the most expensive media markets in the nation a great platform, hard work and many volunteers will get you nowhere. Money is required.No state-wide campaign in Florida can score without mass-based electronic media.
I also recommend a platform that isn’t so esoteric. Medical Marijuana and Gay Marriage Equality yes, currency reform not so much.
I elected not to attend the actual convention session because I decline to get involved in internecine warfare and ALL of the candidates running for Party office were acceptable to me. I will work with all of them.
I applaud the hard work already done by all concerned to build the party. My convention remarks were critical of no one within the party. I favor running candidates at ALL levels.
I an grateful for the many Libertarians who urged me to run and offered their support. I came to the realistic view that I would not be the strongest candidate the party could nominate for reasons I outlined in my statement.