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Florida Libertarians' Take on Wayne Allyn Root

Can you imagine the Republican Party of Florida repudiating a leading presidential candidate like former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts or the Florida Democrats condemning President Barack Obama?

Me neither.

But the Libertarian Party of Florida took aim earlier this week at Wayne Allyn Root, who was former U.S. Rep. Bob Barrs running mate back in 2008 and is widely expected to seek the partys presidential nomination in 2012. Root has had a colorful career as a sports handicapper, hosting the Winning Edge television show.

The motion calling for the Libertarian National Committee to boot Root, passed by the Libertarian Party of Floridas executive committee, is included below:

WHEREAS, the Libertarian Party of Florida Executive Committee is committed to the platform of the Libertarian Party; and

WHEREAS, Libertarian National Congressional Committee Chairman Wayne Allyn Root made the undisputed quote in the Nov. 11-17 issue of weekly magazine Vegas Seven, "I'm kind of re-creating libertarianism. I'm just not going to follow the traditional roots. I'm a Ronald Reagan libertarian. Traditional libertarianism mixes in too many things that are liberal"; and

WHEREAS, the Libertarian Party of Florida Executive Committee finds Mr. Root's comments found above will confuse the general public as to what the Libertarian Party's official positions are; and

WHEREAS, the Libertarian Party of Florida Executive Committee finds Mr. Root's comments highly offensive and in direct contrast to the Libertarian Party's message and platform; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Root has supported Republican candidates for public office while in his position on the Libertarian National Congressional Committee; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Root has made similar and consistent comments noted above.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Libertarian Party of Florida fully repudiates Mr. Root's comments as described above and strongly feels Mr. Root should be replaced and removed from his position in any official capacity with the Libertarian National Committee, inclusive of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee.

ADOPTED Nov. 14, 2010

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