(The following was originally published in the Sunshine State News.)
Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is steamed that he has been excluded from a gubernatorial forum being held later this week in Coral Gables. Wyllie sent a letter to the Florida Press Association (FPA) and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors (FSNE) over the weekend demanding to be included in the forum, adding he would attend the event on Thursday.
“You may either allow me to participate in the forum, or you may have me arrested,” Wyllie wrote.
The letter is as follows:
As the only third-party candidate for Florida’s governor, I am extremely disappointed in your failure to include me in your upcoming gubernatorial candidate forum at the 2014 FPA/FSNE Convention. Your exclusion of a viable third-party candidate is unacceptable, and exposes an entrenched bias in the FPA/FSNE approach to political coverage.
You will likely respond by saying that you have created “criteria” for inclusion in the forum, and you will then claim that I have failed to meet said criteria.