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Video of the Libertarian Party of Florida’s presidential debate

From IPR, April 10th, 2016:

Below is a video of yesterday’s Libertarian Party of Florida’s presidential debate featuring candidates Gary Johnson, Marc Allan Feldman, Darryl W. Perry and Austin Petersen. The video was taken from Petersen’s campaign Facebook page and re-uploaded to YouTube. It lasts for an hour and 16 minutes.

One testy moment of the debate came at the 40 minute mark in the video, when Darryl W. Perry said,  ” I would be doing a lot better than at least one candidate on this stage, who still owes about $1.4 million from his 2012 campaign.” Johnson immediately interrupted, saying it’s “it’s not true, it’s not true.” Perry countered, saying “that’s what the FEC filings say, Governor.”

Johnson replied that the FEC would not allow him to take “it” [campaign debt] off the books. Johnson added that every penny donated to his campaign goes to the 2016 campaign. As he was talking, the moderator yelled “order!” saying this was not the time for a campaign response. Johnson angrily responded: “when there is an outright lie or an outright misrepresentation,” before being cut off by the moderator, who told the former New Mexico governor  that “you are out of order.”

The moderator then proceeded to say that “money would still be owed to the 2012 campaign,” continuing the point Perry was making. A beet-faced Johnson retorted: “what…you as the moderator are saying what?” to which some of the audience responded with faint laughter. Johnson continued, saying “you are out of order” to the moderator.” After that, there was some more laughter followed by applause from the debate viewership,

Petersen campaign: Libertarian Party of Florida convention chair requests bribe to quash Austin Petersen’s debate appearance

On March 8th, Austin Petersen, a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, posted the following picture to his Facebook page:

Below the picture Petersen posted the following press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELPF Convention Chair Requests Bribe to Quash Austin Petersen’s Debate Appearance

The Convention Chair of the Florida Libertarian Party (LPF), Joe Wendt, proposed an offer to Mike Kane, Chair of the Monroe County affiliate. Kane published a letter on facebook urging the LPF to rescind an invitation to Austin Petersen who is scheduled to appear at Florida’s Annual convention in April.

“If Mr Kane really dislikes Mr Petersen, and is willing to give a gracious $1500 donation to exclude him, I have no problem with that.” wrote Joe Wendt, LPF Region 6 Representative and Convention Chair.

It appears to be antithetical to the principles of the Libertarian Party to request hush money to silence opposition, but Joe Wendt has stooped to new lows.

Wendt continues, “As long as Party [sic] gets money in the process, and increases the convention’s profit margin, I am all for it. Fundraising for the party should take priority over hurting peoples [sic] feelings. Besides, a bidding war that increases the party’s wealth is a good thing.”

It remains to be seen if the Libertarian Party of Florida will take action to castigate Wendt or strip him from his Convention Chair duties.

Just this week, the Colorado Libertarian Party faced a firestorm of wrath from Libertarians nationwide when their Executive Committee passed a motion to exclude Petersen from their convention debate. That debacle ended with an offer from Colorado for Petersen to participate in the debate, strengthened the resolve of Petersen supporters, and resulted in a banner day for donations to his campaign.

Petersen’s campaign received a blow a few days ago, when IPR reported that the Libertarian Party of Colorado (LPCO) announced that Petersen would not be invited to a Libertarian presidential debate hosted by the party at their upcoming state convention, which will be held March 11th-13th in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The LPCO cited Petersen’s public repudiation of the Non-Aggression Principle as the reason for his exclusion, stating that “it was inappropriate for the State Party to invite a candidate who has openly repudiated and ridiculed the Party’s foundational and absolutely essential Statement of Principles that are held as the highest standard in our voluntary governing documents.” The Non-Aggression Principle, which states that no force or fraud can be committed to advance social or political goals, is considered by many Libertarians to be a fundamental tenet of the libertarian philosophy and the Libertarian Party.

Not all news this week has been bad for the Petersen campaign this week, however. On March 8th, ATPR reported that Petersen was officially endorsed by Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux, the chairman of the Miami-Dade County Libertarian Party, one of the largest county affiliates of the Libertarian Party of Florida.

 

Chairman of Miami-Dade County Libertarian Party endorses Austin Petersen for president

The following is a press release from Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Libertarian Party: 

In 2012, I was more than excited to hear that Gary Johnson was joining the Libertarian Party to fight for liberty in the United States from my favorite third party. I supported Mr. Johnson as a Republican, and followed him to the LibertarianParty, when I was still a teenager. Continue reading

Augustus Invictus publishes LSD journals

Augustus Invictus

From a February 2nd article by Scott Powers, published by FloridaPolitics.com:

The Libertarian Party of Florida’s candidate for the U.S. Senate has admitted to frequent LSD use and released what he calls his “LSD Journals,” a long, rambling set of observations and musings that range from longings for elusive love and friendship to fantasies of rape and murder.

Augustus Sol Invictus, 32, is an Orlando lawyer who earned some fame as counsel to accused neo-Nazis, then filed to run for the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian. He drew more notoriety last summer for claiming to have drunk goat’s blood as part of a pagan ritual.

Now there are his LSD Journals, which contain writings full of pathos, philosophical meditations, classical references, anger and descriptions of imagined violence. The set of writings posted on his campaign website late Sunday evening ends with the words, “Let the Earth be drowned in Blood.”

Invictus confirmed by message and email to FloridaPolitics Monday evening that the writings are “in real time during acid trips.”

“They are both a literary experiment and a record of my experiences. Of course I acknowledge LSD use: that is the entire point of the journals,” he wrote in the email to FloridaPolitics.

Read the rest of the article here.

Invictus’ “LSD journals”, which appear to be a collection of poems, can be found here.

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus releases latest “fireside chat”

Augustus Invictus is a candidate for U.S. Senate from Florida, running for the Libertarian Party’s nomination. His campaign has garnered national attention and controversy, in part to his sacrificing a goat and drinking its blood as part of a ritual, as well as his white nationalist views. Invictus’ campaign insignia closely resembles a fascist eagle clutching fasces, and according to the Orlando Sentinel, Invictus is a self-proclaimed fascist. His candidacy has sparked a backlash from the Libertarian Party of Florida, which is hosting the 2016 Libertarian Party presidential convention in Orlando in May and already former Libertarian Party of Florida chairman Augustus Adrian Wyllie resigned in protest of Invictus’s candidacy. Currently, Invictus has no challengers for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, a seat that is among the most closely watched and contested in the nation on account of it being an open seat due to Senator Marco Rubio’s impending retirement in such a key swing state that is Florida.

Today, Invictus released a new “fireside chat” on YouTube:

Libertarian Senate candidate Augustus Invictus speech at Shanty Town

On December 10th, controversial Florida Libertarian Party U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus gave a speech at a locale called Shanty Town. Interestingly, there was a Rock Against Communism banner visible on display behind him, which is a musical genre that encompasses white nationalist and hardcore neo-Nazi bands and song lyrics. Invictus has in the past disputed claims that he is a neo-Nazi, even though his campaign insignia very closely resembles a fascist eagle clutching fasces.