Adrian Wyllie, former Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) chairman and 2014 gubernatorial candidate
From LP Radical Caucus Facebook group, August 22, 2013:
There are several accusations leveled at me that I find perplexing and amusing. A very small, but very vocal, minority of LPF members seem determined to discredit me. I’d like to take this opportunity to dispel some of those unfounded accusations.
ACCUSATION: Adrian is a Libertarian newcomer or a “right-wing Republican” as mentioned in the meme above.
RESPONSE: I have been a registered Libertarian since I was around 21 years old. I started to become politically active in the LP in 1998, when I ran for my local city council as a Libertarian. My beliefs and platform are 100% consistent with the LPF platform. However, I do reach out to Republicans, Democrats, and NPAs alike. I try to educate them and switch them to the LP.
ACCUSATION: Adrian shouldn’t say that he wants to win the election. He should say that he only wants to influence the discussion.
RESPONSE: I find that to be very self-defeating. I plan to win. I do believe that we have a chance to make history and win the election. So far, with 15 months left to go in the election, I am already polling at 9% statewide. Our campaign has over 600 active volunteers getting petitions signed and working hard on my campaign. We have well over 10,000 petitions signed already. I am beginning to get significant and positive media coverage. There are over a dozen other third-party and NPA candidates in this race, and we have raised many times more money than all of them combined. In fact, we have raised more money than most of the GOP and Dem candidates in this race as well. My staff, volunteers and I are running the largest, most active, and most organized Libertarian statewide campaign in Florida’s history.
ACCUSATION: Adrian is trying to transform the LP into the new GOP.
RESPONSE: That is absolutely false. However, I am trying to build the LPF into a party that is equal in success to the Dems or GOP. So far, it’s beginning to work. The LPF has grown dramatically in size and influence in Florida. And, we have not compromised on a single Libertarian position to attract these thousands of new members. We just learned how to market our ideas better. I want the LP/LPF to be an effective and viable party, capable of getting candidates elected who will implement our platform. We are very close to achieving that goal. For those of you who want the LP to be an intellectual-elite debate club, I’m not your guy.
ACCUSATION: Adrian is not radical enough.
RESPONSE: I’m not sure what my detractors’ definition of “radical” is. However, I consider myself to be pretty radical. For example, I’ve been ‘driving’ for two years without a license, because I believe Real ID is a violation of my 4th Amendment rights. I told the U.S. Department of Commerce “screw you” live on the radio, and dared them to fine me for refusing to fill out the American Community Survey. I crash press conferences and debates when the media refuses to include Libertarian candidates. I organize gun shows in front of police gun buyback locations. I directly challenge government officials and expose corruption in Florida’s government. If you’d like to see more evidence of my activism, please visit my YouTube channel.