Bill Wohlsifer, Candidate for Attorney General, is the star of an article written by Sascha Cordner: As Florida Attorney General Race Shapes Up, Is Libertarian Candidate Getting Left Out?
Despite the title of the article, more than the first half of the article only spoke about Pam Dondi and George Sheldon, the Republican and Democratic candidates for attorney general in Florida. Ms. Bondi, who is the incumbent, has started to run ads sharing how she’s fighting to curtail prescription drug abuse. Then the article mentions the medical marijuana and gay marriage issues. Finally, the Libertarian candidate is mentioned:
But, Libertarian Candidate Bill Wohlsifer, a Tallahassee lawyer, begs to differ.
“I’ve practice in varied areas of law,” said Wohlsifer. “I run a statewide law practice. I’m in court probably more than the other two combined. I’m a litigator. I’m a hands on, real active practicing attorney, not a career politician. I’m at the end of my career, and I’m looking to serve the state in a public capacity.”
Probably the least well-known in the race, the 60-year-old says he doesn’t feel left out, though he admits he does get less coverage competing with two candidates from more well-known parties.
“At times, it does,” he admitted. “I mean it’s gotten better. I’ve been invited to all these debates without having to rant and rave to be invited, and that’s certainly respected and welcomed and I look forward to participating in them. But, I haven’t been left out to the degree that other third party candidates have. I’ve been pretty well included.”
On a low budget, he says while he doesn’t have the money to pay for TV ads, he does have youtube videos, talking about some of his platforms, like the legalization of marijuana among other topics.
The rest of the article can be read here .
Libertarian Candidate for governor, Adrian Wyllie, caught the attention of another reporter:
Libertarian Adrian Wyllie tries to get noticed
TALLAHASSEE — If the race for governor were a popularity contest, Adrian Wyllie would feel good about his odds.
Wyllie, 44, a former radio host and IT consultant from Palm Harbor, is taking the longest of long shots by running on the Libertarian Party ticket. But by virtue of a Florida’s scorched-earth gubernatorial contest, he may just have a chance to swing the outcome.
The two major-party candidates — current Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist — are beating themselves silly with a barrage of negative commercials. Surveys have shown voters don’t really care for either.
“People are so disgusted by the Republican-Democrat duopoly right now. People don’t like either of these guys,” Wyllie said.
Florida witnessed a historically close gubernatorial election in 2010 when Scott inched out a victory over Democrat Alex Sink by 1.2 percent of the vote. This year, the electorate remains divided and disgruntled.
“Anybody that can pull 1 or 2 percent in either direction can affect the outcome,” said University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus.
Wyllie — gregarious, confident and quick to crack jokes — decided to skip the business and school photo ops to barnstorm through three dozen microbreweries last month.
Inspired by breweries standing up to legislative efforts to increase regulations last spring, Wyllie drew stout crowds and hearty applause with his pledge to “get government out of your wallet, out of your bedroom and out of your business.”
But Florida politics isn’t a beer-hall popularity contest. It’s a mega-money-fueled, statistically modeled, head-butting, art-of-war affair between major political institutions and interests.
It is doctors and insurers vs. trial lawyers. It is Big Sugar vs. environmentalist million- and billionaires. It is a media orgy of attack ads burning through millions of dollars a week in Florida’s 10 television markets.
And it is a battle to energize party loyalists fearful of “wasting” their votes. Base voters rarely risk breaking for third-party candidates, particularly when the major parties have sophisticated, $150 million voter-targeting and mobilization strategies.
Wyllie has heard all this. He doesn’t care.
“My goal is to win. Should I fall short of that goal, the one thing for sure is the Republican governor will be re-elected,” he said. “It will either be the current Republican governor or the former.”
Asked which one he would prefer to tilt the race toward, Wyllie turns to the oldest example of the pure randomness of identically likely outcomes.
“Flip a coin. It makes no difference.”
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