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Roger Stone: Why I won't run for FL governor

A written statement from Republican operative-turned-Libertarian Roger Stone:

While I am sorely tempted to be a candidate for Governor of Florida, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate. I have come to the conclusion that my own, shall we say, colorful lifestyle and the bumps and scars of hundreds of political fights would be a distraction from our message of Liberty.
I am also a political realist. Florida is one of the most expensive media states in the country. It will take millions of dollars to even make voters aware that there is an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. If there is any lesson from last year’s Presidential campaign it is this- it doesn’t do any good to have a compelling platform if no one knows about it.

You could shake hands with voters everyday between now and Election Day and not reach as many voters as one prime-time television spot in the Miami media market. “Money is the mother’s milk of politics” as a great politician once said.

I have no interest in a symbolic race or protest candidacy. Without money- and the press coverage that comes with the viability money connotes, a statewide candidacy is doomed. Has anyone noticed that, other than the local Naples newspaper, there is no media here today?

I have suggested that Tom Golisano of Naples, on the Forbes list as one of the wealthiest businessmen in America, who once spent $75 million on an Independent candidacy for Governor of New York on a Libertarian platform to consider making the race.

While I disagree with Governor Rick Scott on some issues the prospect of putting Charlie Crist back in the Governor’s office, even if inadvertently, is something I cannot be a party to. 823,000 jobs lost in just four years, early embrace of Obamacare and flip-flopping on every issue for politics. No, four more years of Charlie Crist is unthinkable.

I plan to channel my efforts toward the 2014 Constitutional Amendment to allow doctors to prescribe medicinal marijuana for those who are suffering or dying. My own father died a horrific death from bone cancer just eight weeks ago. I watched as the poisonous drugs they gave my father to ease his pain destroyed his quality of life and did more harm than good. I am convinced medicinal marijuana would have helped my father. Those in the Florida Legislature who would not allow even a hearing on medicinal marijuana should be ashamed of themselves.

Some in the Libertarian party need to learn that politics is the art of inclusion. Politics is about addition and not subtraction. Politics is about running more candidates for office not less. Politics is not about arguing about the arcania of Austrian economic theory or endless bickering over party rules.

I think it is great that the Libertarian Party of Florida will select it’s candidates for statewide office in an August 2014 primary- but I ask you- who are our candidates for CFO, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture? Political parties grow from the grassroots up not from the top down.

The Liberty movement is bigger than any one person or any one political party. It is, in my opinion, the only force than can save our cherished freedoms. I congratulate those here today who have dedicated themselves to this movement for America’s future.

Comments

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wayne

Dear Mr. Stone, Thank you, We accept your decision not to run for Governor of Florida. I too, believe you would be wasting your money. With you political views and lack of vision you wouldn't be attractive anymore than Rick Scott. We already have our mistakes to deal with. Candidates with a vision for Florida pull the media to them. Continue to look backwards for your political views of the past and maybe you can run in 1989 again.

John

Fairly well said. However, personal vendettas against Charlie Crist alone are not going to solve anything. Roger Stone Jr. may be more than just a Charlie Crist hater but fails to leave personal issues behind. You can't truthfully claim that jobs under Charlie Crist happen to be lost and it's his fault. It's the economy at the time.

Ari Asulin

Only real prob with the party is Libertarians are in name only, and have more in common with the Tea Party and extremist Right-wing than any genuine Libertarian ideology, picking and choosing which liberties to prioritize, and building a platform on little else than lying about how much of a communist President Obama is.

Get serious, bring back classic libertarianism, and things may improve.

John_Miami

Disappointed. I really wanted to Roger Stone run, but respect his opinion on this. Gov. Scott is better than Crist, but I fear that Scott can't win.

 Jace

Stone would have force both candidates to confront serious issues. Sad he isn't running but understand, just wish he would have run. Other candidates aren't for liberty for all

Paul Henry

Here's one FOR liberty, and shazam! He's running for Governor:
www.wyllieforgovernor.com

Like what he says but think "he can't win"? Sign a candidate petition, give his campaign $5, tell 2 friends who do the same to tell 2 friends, and so on...

Speaking of jobs, Gov. Crist gave us REAL ID, something Sen. Rubio is supporting to allow the federal government to say who can and cannot work. Gov. Scott has reduced license regulations for tourists and illegal aliens, but not for Floridians. Then there's that Medicaid flip-flop.

Adrian Wyllie for Florida Governor in 2014.

Kyle Strauss

Roger Stone is about ten years ahead of his time in vision. Someday, fairly soon, Florida will embrace the ideas that Stone placed forward in his thoughts for candidacy. Decriminalizing marijuana, social tolerance, they are all coming to Florida. Some people like to kill the messenger. I know I can trust Stone's predictions because in all the years I've watched him on TV like CNN and Fox he's always been dead on in his predictions about everything. He is the exact opposite of the self-serving blow-hards like Dick Morris and Karl Rove.

Karla von Stetten

Charlie Crist is a self-serving sycophant that never did anything meaningful for Florida. He is a turncoat that outside of name recognition he garners in the retirement community and a few gay bars will never be governor. While Rick Scott's numbers have been in the tank, he has plenty of cash to win re-election and now that Stone is dropping out . . . no real competition. The baggage often associated with Stone's workings is often more than a bit exaggerated. It is a shame to lose Stone because he would have brought some sophistication to hayseed Florida.

AddieAddie

I had my hopes up that Roger Stone would run for governor. His entry into the gubernatorial race would have brought the issue of legalization of marijuana into the forefront of the campaign.

Darrell Keith

Dang. Now it’s back to the doldrums. Without Roger Stone in the race, our choices for governor are less than inspiring. Stone is a much better choice for governor of Florida. Rick Scott, Charlie Crist? ....Please.

amigay

Who is Roger Stone?

Casey

NO ONE but Roger Stone had the reach and juice to make the libertarian party a threat to the two party system here in Florida. Damn shame he isn't running. Crist.....is mush. Scott....is a sell out. This wylie characters platform is to esoteric for the common man....and no one would even hear it anyways.

Conservative Dem

Stone is correct. Crist is a disaster and Rick Scott
Has problems. He would have created a good
platform to discuss real issues. As a Conservative
Democrat, I would have raised money and
organized my political allies to vote for him.
He should continue the good fight behind the
scenes! I'm in!!!

Pete Long

Mr. Stone never declared he would run, only considered it. I saw him during his "listening tour" and I wish every gubernatorial candidate was as conscientious about the public before undertaking a run for office. I found Roger Stone very impressive and he would have received my vote. I will now strongly consider whoever he endorses.

Inez Obregon

It’s unfortunate and disappointing that Roger Stone is no longer considering a run for governor because of his experience in politics. Florida needs a capable leader and Roger Stone is still my choice.. Maybe next time.

Judy Lassiter

For a non-candidate candidate, Roger Stone made quite a few waves. I guess he needed to make this statement to quell the extraordinary enthusiasm among his followers. There are social media sites still active to draft him for the Governor's job. Stone is nothing if not pragmatic and I will greatly miss not seeing him in the campaign. It is a loss to the state.

Staci

Read stonezone.com and enjoy his tenacity. Disposed of that loser spitzer in NY and would have been a dogged campaigner. We want Stone!

Smoke

Roger Stone would have maybe received a few independent votes. Not viable. Get over it.

Nascar Dad

When you have name recognition of say, 1 out of every 100,000 people, you decide to take a shot at those that actually have a chance. What's sad is, Caputo will print it.

Alex Vidal

Google Adrian Wyllie

Randall McMurphy

Well, if he doesn't have the cash or guts to run, maybe he shouldn't whine about Scott or Crist...

amigay

Who is Roger Stone?

fgjfg

Google "Top Dole Aide Caught in Group Sex Ring"

LOL

Maybe he should run for governor after all.

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