Steve LaBianca at the 2006 Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) convention
Posted by Mike Kane on the LP Radical Caucus Facebook group, August 19, 2013:
“I have decided that the best effort in promoting libertarianism for the LPF AND Florida, in having a candidate for Governor of Florida in 2014, would be for ME to be that candidate.
I ask that those who are most informed about the vetting process toplease provide to me, the specifics of that process. Thank you, and I hope to garner your support for this endeavor.
I prefer, for the sake of openness to all interested in this process, that those who may support this undertaking, please use public forums to suggest the best procedures to proceed with this. Again, thank you in advance for your contribution to this effort.
More from Mike Kane, a former candidate for Libertarian Party of Florida vice-chair:
On an aside Adrian Wyllie and his supporters actually think they can collect the necessary signatures. And he claims that he is running to win “I will make history, not repeat it” and that “
History is full of examples of people achieving the “impossible.”
Steve on the other hand writes “So, anyone who even alludes to winning the LPF nomination AND subsequently becoming Governor of Florida in 2014/15 is being, to put it kindly, disingenuous. I’d even say that breaking the 1% of the vote barrier is a 50 – 50 proposition. But no matter . . . Libertarian Party politics ISN’T about winning elections . . . its about moving the debate of the political discussion, WITHIN the political season in the libertarian direction. ”
Steve also writes “
Regarding Ms.House’s puzzlement; “I find it strange that an anarchist would vote or run for office.”
Lynn ought to know that her very own acquaintance, Andre Marrou was/is an anarchist and was the LP nominee for President in 1992. Harry Browne was an anarchist and was the LP nominee for President TWICE! Did you ask those people the same question? If so, what what THEIR answer?
I’d add that David Bergland, the LP nominee for President in 1984 was/is also an anarchist . . . two former LNC chair people, Jim Lark and Mark Hinkle are avowed free market anarchists!
Should we question the motives of all these people as well, why they would want to run for political office or even head up an organization that, absent the state, wouldn’t exist?
However, I will answer with this – the LP has been a “minarchist”/night watchman state advocate, and it is positioned as a political party toward that end. That said, I subscribe to Harry Browne’s challenge, in that once the state is cut back to constitutional limits, we ought to rent out a stadium and discuss how much further to go. The LP membership had long stood for cutting the most egregious, coercive element of society down to the ground – 90% or more (Harry Browne proposed a federal budget cut by 90% the FIRST YEAR!).
The problem today, is that with the D’s and R’s vacating their positions in becoming MORE statist, the newbies in this party are attempting to move the LP into the vacuum of milder statism, vacated by the major parties.
I believe that Adrian Wyllie, Alex Snitker, Danielle Alexandre, and the whole lot of “newbies” in the LPF, fit perfectly into this characterization.
THAT is the secondary reason why I am running – to take back the hard hitting, principled approach to the libertarian presence in the political process.
If the LPF membership majority is with this milder form of statism, then I say fine (very sad IMHO), but until I’m convinced that it is more than the controlling leadership of the LPF that feels this way, I will continue to run for the LPF nomination for Governor of Florida.”
IPR has not found a Facebook page or campaign website for LaBianca.