Adrian Wyllie, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, announced late yesterday his intent to run for Governor of Florida by forming an exploratory committee to see if he has the support necessary to run a viable campaign against the normal two party system.
Libertarian interest in Florida has been growing dramatically this year with membership in the Libertarian Party of Florida doubling and registered Libertarian voters here in Palm Beach County increasing 10% since May. This, while registration of Democrats and Republicans fall.
“I was flattered when people around the state first began asking me to run for governor, but I dismissed the idea,” said Wyllie. “However, the calls from many people that I respect and admire for me to run have now become too great to ignore. I owe it to them to at least find out if support exists for a legitimate campaign.”
Wyllie’s run is inspired by current Libertarian Party presidential nominee and two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who was responsible for vetoing at least 750 bills during his term while increasing private jobs in his state and reducing public employees. He is also inspired by those around him encouraging him to run. “I would read each bill that lands on my desk, then ask myself four questions,” said Wyllie. “First, is it constitutional, via both the US and Florida Constitution? Second, is it necessary? Third, does is solve the root cause of the problem, or does it just address a symptom? Fourth, can we afford it?”
Wyllie’s exploratory committee would run for approximately six months to determine his viability to raise money, name awareness and enough volunteers to be considered a serious contender for the Office of Governor. He will need a sizable war chest as such heavy hitters as former Florida Governors are being rumored to also considering a redux to their positions such as Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. To date, eight people have filed to run for Governor of Florida in 2014, and the list does not include current Governor Rick Scott. Although the rumor mills continue about Jeb being a ‘done deal’ if he chose to run again, it is unlikely as Bush continues to put off such rumors including rumors of his running for president in 2016 or the U.S. Senate. Whoever is running on the Republican or Democrat ticket, the Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate will need tremendous support and strategy to unchain the stranglehold the two party duopoly has on the media and polling agencies.
The current list of those filed includes four NPA (No Party Affiliation), two Democrats (Nan Rich and Ryan Lipner) and David Yarrow from the Socialist Party of Florida. There is also one candidate who has filed as a write-in candidate.
In light of the news, there is another rumor floating the Wyllie could have some competition in the libertarian ranks causing the first primary election for position for Governor of Florida by the Libertarian Party. There is at least one, and perhaps two potential competitors to Wyllie’s bid, should he file to be on the ballot in 2016. If that happened, then the general media would have little choice but to cover the Libertarians running in addition to the Democrats and Republicans.