The Libertarian Party nominee for Florida governor, Adrian Wyllie, announced yesterday that his campaign will be staging a month-long tour of craft breweries around the state. The campaign swing will take Wyllie to more than 30 small breweries and brewpubs, and is designed to highlight an industry that has battled back against attempts are expanded government regulation.
“As a small business owner, I know first-hand the obstacles government places in our path, and how they can crush an entire industry with the stroke of a pen,” said Wyllie. “If we truly want to restore the economy and create real jobs, we first have to get government out of our way…and that’s what I intend to do as governor.”
Most voters have had their attention focused on the highly toxic battle between incumbent Republican governor Rick Scott and former Republican governor Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat. In the shadow of this, Wyllie, a former talk radio host and state party chairman, has been waging a full-time grassroots campaign for the state's highest office for more than a year.
The Libertarian's hard work has finally begun to pay-off in the form of increased media attention and debate invites, and the highly negative tone of the gubernatorial race is causing voters to consider their options. Last week, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Crist leading Scott by a margin of 39% to 37%, with an eye-opening 9% going to Wyllie.
“Adrian Wyllie is not, at this point, a serious contender to win the governorship," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "But he may have a great deal to say about who does win.”
The Craft Beer Tour begins tomorrow night with stops at Fort Myers Brewing Company from 5pm to 7pm, and then an event at Marco Island Brewery from 8pm to 10pm. The tour's full schedule can be found on the Wyllie campaign's website.