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Alexander George, former-LPF State Committeeman , Will Run for Governor as an Independent
Former LPF State Committeeman vows to appeal to Florida voters. Calls LPF leadership corrupt and misguided. A former State Legislator is considering joining his ticket.
George went on to emphasize that he will remain a member of the Libertarian Party of Florida. "I will not compromise my principles, and I will not bow down to partisan politics. I will take my message straight to the people of the Great State of Florida".
"Time is precious" said George. "Adrian Wyllie will be the LPF nominee. What his minions fail to realize is that we must reach out to all voters. That is what I intend to do". George went on to state that he does not want to spend the next several months courting twenty thousand while he can reach out to millions.
George praised the other Libertarian in the race, Mr. John Wayne Smith. "If Mr. Smith wins the nomination, I will pull out and ask my supporters to back him". However, he feels this is unlikely. "We have the top four officers of the LPF working for Mr. Wyllie". said George. "That is unfair. I've never seen anything like it in my life. These people influence and strong arm people who are not pro-Wyllie. What gives the top four officers of the party the right to crown a nominee before the primary election is completed? They all work for him! This is the United State of America, not China or North Korea".
BLOG POST (partial)
I'm one who feels that government interference ruins lives. This is why I served the LPF as a County Chairman and State Committeeman. I felt that the Libertarian Party offered a viable alternative. Indeed it did, during the last presidential election. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the LPF Presidential nominee, ran a positive campaign.
Why was his campaign ignored by major media outlets? After all, Governor Johnson served two full terms as a Republican. He is a man of principle who fought the "good fight". His enemy was not the media. His enemy way the Libertarian Party.
Libertarianism was not born when the party was founded in 1972. It's been alive for hundreds of years. Do I agree with all of the party's platform? Absolutely not. I have my own beliefs and convictions. If elected to anything, should I make other people live by them? Absolutely not! Should my religious beliefs be part of my platform? Absolutely not! As Americans, we have the right to make our own choices.The Constitution protects us. Sadly, the two party system has failed. This is why I joined the LP. On the surface, the party promotes freedom. I spent a great deal of time campaigning for Gov. Johnson and the 2008 Presidential nominee, former Congressman Bob Barr.
The LP is the third largest political organization in the U.S. Unfortunately, they are the most disorganized. In a previous life, I worked as a political operative for Democrats and Republicans. I'm the type of person who feels that we must elect the best man, or woman, for the job. The "big two" actually offer "fringe" candidates an opportunity. I've dealt with both.
At this point, I'll focus on the LPF. The former Chairman, Mr. Adrian Wyllie, is the party leadership's pick. By "pick", I mean that the top four officers of the party have publically endorsed his candidacy. All of them are working on his campaign.The Chairperson of the LPF is one of the campaign managers. The State Secretary serves as a hatchet woman for anyone who dares to oppose Mr. Wyllie. My opinions are well known. I'm old fashioned..I believe that members of any party have the right to participate in a primary election.
Mrs. House, the LPF State Secretary, has stated that the primary election process is "stupid". She's on public record stating the selection of the nominee is "internal party business". I disagree. On top of all of this, the LPF State Treasurer serves as Mr. Wyllie's PR contact. The Vice Chairman, Alexander Snitker, serves as an attack dog. Of the four officers, I have respect for Mr. Snitker. He is a former soldier who served our country with dignity. The former U.S. Senatorial candidate is fighting for his friend.
These four individuals have a right to campaign for whomever they like. However, they should not serve as officers of the party while campaigning for a candidate who is NOT the nominee.
Mr. John Wayne Smith is also a candidate for Governor of Florida. He has served the LPF for four decades. In fact, he is one of the founders of the LPF. He is a pioneer who has spent his career spreading the Libertarian message. He's spent hundreds of thousands of dollars promoting the party, AND has scored double digit results.Why is he sidelined? Why is he being persecuted by the top four party officials? Bottom line, they don't like him and that is their right. However, as Wyllie supporters, they should all resign and campaign for their candidate. They have no right to bash and hurt someone who is running for the nomination. In my humble opinion, the "top four" are treating the party as a "MEMEBRS ONLY" Club. I belong to a country club, but we're not talking about joining a club house with excellent golf courses. We are trying to appeal to the entire electorate!
Mrs. House has told me that she doesn't like "flag waving". Nevertheless, I'm certain that they all want what is best for our state and our nation. However, their commitment to Mr. Wyllie is a conflict of interest. They should step down immediately. In closing, I'd like to touch on my activities. People do not trust political parties. I truly understand why. Many have suggested that I run as an Independent, with No Party Affiliation. Having heard so many opinions, I am seriously considering this option.We need a Governor who will not bow down to party leadership. The CEO of our state must serve the people. Whatever I decide, I will remain a member of the LPF. Nevertheless, state law allows me to run as an NPA candidate. Earlier this year, I stated that I would make a decision by early December. That still stands. I've been touched by the messages of support and the personal contact I've had with our citizens.
I want to reach out to ALL Floridians during this campaign! I refuse to have my hands tied by my party. Therefore, I will most likely declare as an NPA. As such, our citizens will be able to hear my message, and my mandate, without party line interference. We must hold our legislators accountable. I want to do that without orders from my party. If elected, I will serve the citizens of Florida!
All of us must think of the sacrifices and hardships that our Founding Fathers endured to create this great nation. Let us think for ourselves.. Never buckle to pressure from ANY political party.
former-LPF State Committeeman
Beckie A Cooper