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Could Florida's Next Governor Be a Libertarian?

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Adrian Wyllie Enters Florida Governor's Race

Promising to defend all Floridians from any unconstitutional Congressional act, Executive Order or United Nations mandate, Adrian Wyllie has entered the Florida Governor's race.

Wyllie says current Governor, Rick Scott, a republican, has rolled over to the constitution-bashing Obama administration, specifically on federal health care mandates and federal gun control.

His campaign on a week old, Wyllie has come out with guns blazing. His main opponents in the 2014 gubernatorial race are expected to be Governor Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, who is expected to be the Democrat nominee.

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Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian candidate for Governor, speaking from the steps of the Old Florida Capitol Building.

Florida Libertarian Party

As expected, Wyllie, the Florida Libertarian Party Chairman, bases his platform on economic freedom, individual Liberty, and the Constitution. This same platform was championed by recent Presidential hopefuls, Ron Paul and Gary Johnson, who each got some attention in 2012, but insufficient to make any headway with the mainstream media, who managed to keep them out of the debates and the limelight.

The Libertarian narrative that the federal government continually overreaches its authority resonates not only with libertarian voters, but also most republican voters. With Governor Rick Scott seemingly allowing abuse of the constitution, it remains to be seen if Wyllie can turn that to his advantage on polling day.

Wyllie Takes Strong Stand

At one of his first campaign stops, at the Lake City Tea Party last Thursday, Wyllie took a strong stand against what he sees as an overreaching federal government.

America's third-largest political party will be fielding a challenge to Governor Rick Scott and presumptive Democrat nominee Charlie Crist in the 2014 election. Florida Libertarian Party Chairman Adrian Wyllie officially announced his candidacy for Governor last week.

Focus on Ground Game

Wyllie has a "core team" of 50 volunteer staffers, and more are coming. He will need a large team, because his opponents will have much more money to spend. Wyllie says he expects to be outspent 50-to-1. Right now, he isn't worried, because his aim is to "focus on the ground game. Our plan is to reach more voters personally than our opponents, and we do that with motivated volunteers."

By the end of this year, the Libertarian group aims to have 6,000 volunteers, one for every voting precinct in the state.

Wyllie for Governor Campaign

The Wyllie For Governor campaign already has, and that number is growing daily. "We will be outspent, there's no question about that, probably by a 50-to-1 ratio," said Wyllie,  He adds that they expect to have approximately 6,000 volunteers by 2014, which is one volunteer for every

And the campaign thinks their message will resonate with Floridians. "Our debt is unsustainable, our currency is becoming worth less every day. The Tea Party says the government is to blame. The Occupy movement says the bankers are to blame," said Wyllie, "They're both right."

Wyllie says that the states have remedies to protect citizens from a potential economic crisis. He promotes plans like the Intrastate Commerce Act, which would make any goods manufactured and sold within the State of Florida immune from federal taxation and regulation. He adds that this would include the manufacture and sale of firearms.

Florida Steering Committee for "Fix The Debt"

Wyllie serves as a member of the Florida Steering Committee for Fix The Debt, which is chaired by former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez and former Clinton cabinet member Donna Shalala. He is co-host of the syndicated talk radio show "Liberty Underground," which airs on three AM radio stations in Florida.

When asked if hosting his radio show will present a conflict under "equal time" rules for candidates during the campaign, Wyllie responded, "Rick and Charlie are more than welcome to join me on every show. Let's hammer out the issues for all to hear."

Floridians Looking for Challenge

While acknowledging that a third-party bid for Florida's top office is a long shot, Wyllie says that Floridians are looking for a challenge to the status quo. "We've tried Coke. We've tried Pepsi," said Wyllie, "It's time for some pure spring water called Liberty. That's what I'm offering."

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