Wyllie Announces Possible Gubernatorial Run
CLEARWATER – Libertarian Party of Florida chairman and political talk radio host Adrian Wyllie announced today that he will be forming an exploratory committee to determine the feasibility of running as a Libertarian candidate for Governor of Florida.
“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 is known as a Constitutional activist for his battles against Real ID and the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act. He is a proponent of state nullification of unconstitutional federal laws under the 10th Amendment. One example is what he refers to as “ObamneyCare,” an obvious play on Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care program.
When challenged on his lack of political experience, he countered by saying, “I have zero interest in making a career in politics. I have no interest in ‘starting small’ and working my way through the corruption and treachery. Besides, there’s no time for that. If we want to restore our economic freedom and individual liberty, we must act now. I just want the opportunity to make some positive changes, and then return to living my life with minimal government interference.”
Wyllie said that he would govern much like Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson did during his eight years as governor of New Mexico. Johnson vetoed 750 bills, more than the other 49 governors combined during that period.
“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?”
“If the answer is ‘no’ to any of these litmus tests, I would veto the bill,” said Wyllie.
Wyllie said his first action if elected would be to recall all Florida National Guard troops from overseas deployments, so that they would be available to defend Floridians’ lives, liberty and property if called upon. When asked if that would put Florida at odds with the federal government, he responded with a defiant, “So be it.”