Longwood, Fla. — Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie has been critical of his opponent Governor Rick Scott before, but speaking from a campaign stop in Seminole County Thursday afternoon, he did not mince words.
“Gov. Scott’s actions border on treason, and he must be held accountable. I’m going to see to it that he is,” said Wyllie, referring to Scott’s decision to remove and arrest Liberty County Sheriff Nicholas Finch.
Tuesday’s events triggering Wyllie’s criticism of Scott
The controversy started when Sheriff Finch refused to book a suspect who was arrested for carrying a firearm without a permit. Sheriff Finch told his deputies, “I believe in the Second Amendment, and we’re not going to charge him,” before releasing the suspect.
On Tuesday, June 4, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigated the matter, and ultimately arrested Sheriff Finch for “official misconduct.” Gov. Scott removed him from office and appointed FDLE agent Carl Causey as sheriff.
“This is clearly politically motivated, and another example of abuse of power by Mr. Scott,” said Wyllie. “As far as I’m concerned, Sheriff Finch should be commended for upholding his oath to support and defend the United States Constitution.”
The FDLE alleges that Finch destroyed or removed documents regarding the arrest. According to Jimmy Judkins, attorney for Sheriff Finch, that never happened. The charges stem from an unidentified employee in the Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Office using white-out to remove the entry in the booking log for the suspect who was never charged.
“Considering that Governor Scott often looks the other way when true corruption occurs within Florida’s various law enforcement agencies, does it seem appropriate that he would remove an elected Sheriff and arrest him for correcting a clerical error?” asked Wyllie rhetorically.
LPF questions motives behind Sheriff Finch’s arrest
The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) also criticized Gov. Scott for the scandal. “[Sheriff Finch’s arrest] may be the opening shot in a battle between the politicians who infringe on the Second Amendment, and the law enforcement officers who are determined to uphold their oath to protect the Constitution,” said LPF Chairperson Dana Moxley Cummings.
Wyllie is known as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, and does not shy away from confronting sheriffs that don’t meet his Constitutional muster. Earlier this year, he organized a “Libertarian Gun Buyback” to compete with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, purchasing firearms from citizens before they could be surrendered.
In 2011, he challenged all 67 Florida sheriffs to begin arresting TSA (Transportatain Security Administration) agents who violate Florida law.
Learn more about the Wyllie for Governor campaign and the LPF
For additional information on Wyllie’s comments, please contact his Campaign Manager Danielle Alexandre at (352) 346-0038, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information on Adrian Wyllie’s campaign for governor, please visit his website and Facebook page. To learn more about the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF), please visit the party’s website and Facebook page.