Libertarian Adrian Wyllie Insists He Can Make a Splash Come November

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: January 29, 2014 5:20 PM
Adrien Wyllie

Adrian Wyllie

Libertarian gubernatorial hopeful Adrian Wyllie arrived uninvited Wednesday at the Tallahassee AP media event featuring other statewide candidates. But the sponsors improvised by giving him a spot in the program. Wyllie used his chance to take aim at the leading candidates in the race, insisting he could make an impact.

He showed no hesitation in mocking Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite for the Democratic nomination. Reviewing Scott’s and Crist’s speeches, Wyllie threw a quick jab.

“I don’t know what was more entertaining to me, Rick Scott talking about his fiscal conservatism or Charlie Crist talking about ethics,” Wyllie said.

A small-business man who has been active with the Libertarians for 20 years, Wyllie also hosted a radio talk show at one point. He slammed the media for “ignoring” his candidacy and insisted he was a serious candidate who could be a factor in November.

“The times are a-changing,” Wyllie said. “The paradigm is shifting.”

He said he would run to make 15 percent in the polls and be included in the debates.

“We have a shot to win this race,” Wyllie said. “It’s a long shot, admittedly.” Still, he said he offered a contrast for voters who want a fiscal conservative who supports freedom on economic and social issues. “I believe in the principles of economic freedom and personal liberty.”

These positions, Wyllie insisted, could move him up in the polls and position him to make a splash in the general election. “We can make a dramatic impact in this race,” he said, hitting both Crist and Scott as “progressive Republican governors.”

Wyllie said he had plans to cut the size and scope of state government by 30 percent. Turning to social issues, he said he supports less government intervention and backs not only medical marijuana but full legalization of it.

Asked by Sunshine State News if he is working to advance the Libertarian Party, Wyllie said he is a serious candidate who wants to win. “I’m in the race to win it, not advance anything for anybody,” he said. “We’re going to make it a three-man race.”

Noting there are more Libertarians running for office in Florida, Wyllie said to keep an eye on his party in November.

“Given the right circumstances, we can elect Libertarians in Florida in 2014,” he said.

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Comments (27)

Tyler Barrett
11:45AM JUL 5TH 2014
If Nan Rich loses the prinary, I'll be in full support of Wyllie.
Alison Foxall
9:45PM FEB 6TH 2014
I'm so glad Adrian Wyllie is being covered more! He's in it for FREEDOM, folks. The liberty movement is growing! I'll be voting Libertarian in November!
Pete Ballasy
1:14AM JAN 31ST 2014
Thank you, AP, for giving freedom, real freedom a chance to speak. I am watching Wyllie, and listening too!
9:13PM JAN 30TH 2014
Thank you for covering Adrian Wyllie. Don't waste your votes on the Dems or Reps! Vote Libertarian!
glenn golcher
8:28PM JAN 30TH 2014
Wyllie is at 9% with about NONE of the usual suspect duopoly controlled polling companies on board and that is HUGE!!
Rick Adams
5:31PM JAN 30TH 2014
Wyllie/Wohlsifer 2014 baby!
Steve Dorries
11:29AM JAN 30TH 2014
Thank you for covering the Wyllie Campaign. I hope to see more coverage from your reporters going into the future.
Dale F. Doelling
10:50AM JAN 30TH 2014
Thanks for covering the only candidate for Governor with the courage to say what he means and mean what he says! ELECT ADRIAN WYLLIE as Florida's Governor in 2014!
Jote' Thompson
10:41AM JAN 30TH 2014
Adrian Wyllie coming out swinging at Scott and Crist shows just how serious this 3 man race is. Wyllie will nip away at the heels of the two big government candidates until they trip and fall, make no mistake about it! With the overwhelming majority of voters hateful of the two party system, this 2014 race aught to be good!
Michael Higgs
10:28AM JAN 30TH 2014
Over and over, the sheer FEAR of the two party system, and how they desperately want to keep their power is amazing. What's worse? The people of Florida, because people let themselves be manipulated by the Media.

If you think you are smart enough to choose between three options and not just two, then take a stand and ask for it.
George Whitfield
7:17AM JAN 30TH 2014
Thank you for covering Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor. He is the clear choice for people who want economic and individual freedom. I will be voting for him in November.
James M. Ray
6:05AM JAN 30TH 2014
He's not being "ignored," he's being ignored. When Florida's "news" media sucks, it's often rather obvious, at least to those of us on the "why don't you do your jobs" end of the suckularity. Anyway, aside from that, good article.
James M. Ray
6:26AM JAN 30TH 2014
In fact, if you'd like an example of Adrian being ignored, look no further than your "professional" colleagues at the Miami Herald, whose link I was not allowed to post, but the story title is: Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist throw political punches as budget plan is unveiled
William Dail
2:27AM JAN 30TH 2014
The AP decided to hold media coverage of the Gubernatorial candidates and decided to exclude some of those candidates. Thanks to the power of the people who were fed up with media bias, the AP decided to reverse their exclusion and allow the Libertarians to speak! Thank you AP! I hope that continues to be a trend! Floridians are fed up with Democrats AND the Republicans! Now if the Polls and the Debates would quit excluding candidates, Florida will see a fair and unbiased race that will make history! It is time that fair coverage of ALL candidates in an election race get fair and equal treatment! Thank you Sunshine State News for covering this!
12:23AM JAN 30TH 2014
I am very grateful to Adrian for his assertiveness in not allowing the AP to shut him out. It is completely sad that ANYONE in our state would even consider voting for Crist or Scott - they have both proven to be more than worthless - detrimental - to not only our economy but to our civil liberties as well. Scott is a fraud, Crist a flip flopper and Adrian is the real deal. Finally a candidate that actually cares about his constituency… enough to take a stand and fight against big government and infringement of our Constitutional rights.
11:55PM JAN 29TH 2014
Looks like Adrian Wyllie is significantly different and possibly better than the other two candidates in the race.
Steve Dorries
11:52AM JAN 30TH 2014
He is completely different to Crist or Scott. You should check out his website
Donald Menzel
11:45PM JAN 29TH 2014
I have read all of the comments below, and can agree with these people. I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of the republicans and the democrats running this county into the ground!!! Adrian Wyllie will not only have my vote, but also my support!!!!
We the people got to quit playing the "Lesser of two evils" game!!!!!!
David Leavitt
11:29PM JAN 29TH 2014
Thanks for reporting on Adrian Wyllie. His message is timely and a strong one. He has my vote!
Jason Hamlin
10:45PM JAN 29TH 2014
Thank you for including Adrian Wyllie
Ken Willey
10:33PM JAN 29TH 2014
Thank you for covering Adrian Wyllie.
9:38PM JAN 29TH 2014
Thank you for your question to Mr. Wyllie. At least one media outlet has the courage to report accurately. The meeting today presented proof in front of their own cameras that the media is biased against the anointed Rs and Ds.

Wohlsifer and Wyllie have the chutzpah and tenacity to take on the establishment and stand for what they believe even in hostile and apathetic environments. They are intelligent, eloquent statement who deserve the chance to be heard. It's high time the media stopped choosing our candidates for us and let us make our own decisions on EVERYONE running for office and not just the republican or democrat.
9:40PM JAN 29TH 2014
*statesmen! where's the edit button?
9:39PM JAN 29TH 2014
*biased in favor of the Rs and Ds it should say.
Jo Vaccarino
8:58PM JAN 29TH 2014
This is refreshing - to see coverage of ALL the active candidates.

Media has been interfering with the election process by picking which candidates we can "see" and which ones we can't. Media, polls and debates are how candidates interview with the voters so the voters can choose which one to "hire". When media interferes with that interview process, they interfere with the election process.

The most important thing for the media to understand now is this: in today's fast paced internet and social media world, news travels fast. The voters can no longer be fooled. So the more the media tries to interfere with the election process, the more the people will decide to ignore the lamestream - oops - mainstream media. They must cover the up and coming LP candidates or risk becoming dinosaurs.
8:48PM JAN 29TH 2014
So glad to see the media starting to pay attention to what the people actually want! Wyllie for Governor 2014!!!
Ron R
8:17PM JAN 29TH 2014
Wyllie takes a stand on many issues. while most politicians talk, he walks the walk on the issues. case in point is Real ID. i think Floridians are fed-up w/ the D's and R's and those "career politicians" that used to be R's etc, that are bought and sold by special interests. Wyllie provides a refreshing change in promoting more freedoms for the individual or businesses.

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