Libertarian Candidates in Florida Get Mentioned in Media



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

Aaron Deslatte

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.”

Read here for the rest of the article.

20 thoughts on “Libertarian Candidates in Florida Get Mentioned in Media

  1. OrlandoChris

    Vote Adrian Wyllie for Governor! Also, Bill Wohlsifer for Attorney General and yes on 2.

    Why vote between 2 known liars? Florida, we are fortunate enough not to

    be stuck picking one liar or the other this time. We actually have an

    alternative. Take advantage of the opportunity. Adrian Wyllie deserves

    my vote. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is

    willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here

    in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned

    and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your

    face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we

    complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round,

    election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a

    stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to

    take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of

    Florida and stop voting for these ‘paid for’ career politicians that are

    only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians.

    Even if it’s just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of

    the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours

    and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the

    face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do

    what is right for our (yours and your children’s) future and vote for

    Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the

    word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very

    powerful. Visit his website today

  2. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    OrlandoChris, please stop spamming this site. We’re giving Mr. Wyllie good coverage, but what you’re doing is negative to his cause. Stop it now.

  3. paulie

    I don’t think OC is reading the comments, just posting only. At least this time it is not completely off topic, but I suggest we start treating it as spam.

  4. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    It’s been wonderful to see how much attention Adrian is getting! I see good things to post all the time.

  5. Joe Wendt

    I hope Wohlsifer does well on election day, I like him and I will vote for him.

    As for the other person, may he do poorly and rot.

  6. Thomas L. Knapp

    Adrian Wyllie is not Rick Scott.

    Adrian Wyllie is not Charlie Crist.

    For those two reasons, notwithstanding any other positives or negatives, Adrian Wyllie is the superior candidate of the three for governor of California (if you’re of a more state-left than orthodox libertarian mindset, then you could do worse than Farid Khavari … and you WOULD be doing worse by supporting e.g. Crist).

  7. OrlandoChris

    Hi Jill Pyeatt, I had no idea posting my post would upset you and I would like to apologize. I would like to offer a remedy to the problem. Please delete my post and I will not come back to the site to post again in the future. I hope that will correct the problem. I hope I haven’t offended anyone else either. I wish you all a good day.

  8. paulie

    It’s not really offensive, it’s just that posting the same thing dozens of times is annoying and rather spammish. If you actually engage the conversation, post on topic or in response to other people, read the responses you receive and reply to those you are more than welcome to stay.

  9. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    OrlandoChris, I like Adrian Ayllie and Bill Wolsifer also. However, since you’ve been posting the same comment for weeks without any other interaction here, it does appear to be spam. You’d been asked not to several times, by a few people.

    I wasn’t upset, I’d just prefer that your comments had a little more substance.

  10. Mark Axinn

    Adrian was mentioned in today’s New York Times article on the Florida Governor’s race.

    Which is remarkable in of itself.

    Even more astounding, is the Times’ accurate assessment that Mr. Wyllie will siphon off votes from both major parties.

    Adrian–Keep up the good work!!

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