Last night, October 15, 2014, Leadership Florida, the Florida Press Association and Broward College presented to the world the second exclusionary 2014 Florida Governor’s Debate with only two of the candidates permitted to be seen. By design, organizers of the event shut out Libertarian Party of Florida candidate Adrian Wyllie; however, Wyllie was determined not to be left out completely. He sued to be included and when that was denied, his campaign hastenly set up a way for Florida voters to see how Wyllie would answer the same questions posed to the Republican and the Democrat. Wyllie and his supporters are working to end the two party duopoly the media promotes by offering a qualified and viable third option for Florida voters.
The Wyllie campaign quickly rented a large room at the Holiday Inn Express across the street of the event and held a Google Hangout simultaneously with the televised debate, answering the exact questions asked of the Republican and Democratic candidates. Use this link [ http://youtu.be/lOuw_qNGQqU?t=6m47s ] to view Wyllie’s real time answers to the debate questions as the event was happening last night. The video begins at the point in which the announcement came that Rick Scott would not participate in the debate. Wyllie answers the first question at the 11 minute mark.
Before the debate, about 100 Wyllie supporters stood out in the rain at Broward College’s “Free Speech Zone” with signs waving to passersby. Three supporters risked arrest as they headed toward the debate venue at Bailey Hall carrying Wyllie signs and talking to students; yet, they were ultimately escorted back to the free speech zone – which was the literal equivalent to being sent to the curb. Another Wyllie supporter and Broward College student, William Copps was banned from entering the debate hall because, although he had proposed a non-partisan question for the candidates, they knew he was a Wyllie supporter and labeled him a threat to the event so he was denied entry. Copps is a Jurisprudence at Broward College South Campus Student Government and District 1 Jurisprudence at Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA). His full statement can be found here.
As many are aware, before the debate began, Rick Scott would not come out unless a fan was removed from underneath Charlie Crist’s podium. The action did not help with Scott’s already tarnished image.
Wyllie said during the debate, “Florida voters are looking for a third option. When I get asked a question I give a direct answer.” This is due to criticism that both Crist and Scott give “canned” politically scripted responses that rarely include specifics. He continued, that they both “just disinfranchise and disgust more and more voters. And more and more voters will look for a real option, someone who has the right principles and the right platform to lead the State of Florida.”
Wyllie also accused both Scott and Crist of “poor overmanagement of the economy. Under both of these men, our state spending has increased dramatically. Charlie Crist increased spending [when he was governor] by approximately $6 billion and Rick Scott has increased spending by $11 billion. Everytime we increase the size of the budget, we are taking that money from people who actually produce: the people and the small business owner.” Wyllie continued that 440,000 Floridians have given up looking for work and that figure is not calculated when the government touts its unemployment numbers.
Wyllie has a plan to lower state government spending by 30 percent while ending Florida’s property tax system for home owners through a 100% homestead exemption. He says, “I don’t believe you should pay property taxes. If you own your home but the government can tax it and then take it from you if you fail to pay those taxes, you don’t own it. You are a tenant, and the government is the landlord.”
Wyllie will be the radio show host of a two-hour special this afternoon from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 610 WIOD-AM. In addition to many other events across the state, Wyllie will be the keynote speaker for Students for Liberty’s 2014 Florida Regional Conference at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida.