Press release from InvictusforSenate.com, July 11th, 2016:
Miami-Dade—Libertarian Councilman-elect Keon Antonio Grayson garnishes a win for Libertarians in a Special Election for Community Council in Miami-Dade last month. The group of ten elected officials on the council will represent the unincorporated sections of the county.
Grayson, who is a Navy Veteran, said when he saw the attacks being made on Libertarian Augustus Invictus, Candidate for U.S. Senate, he endeavored to see if those attacks were justified.
“They were not justified,” he concluded. “Entities and factions can disagree, but to cause uproar over personal instead of political differences is wrong.” Grayson said he wants the Libertarian Party to know that Invictus is not the villain his detractors have made him out to be.
“Augustus is well educated, well spoken, and polished,” he said. “He is a gentlemen and a scholar.”
Grayson, who is a full time student at Nova Southeastern University, urges all Florida Libertarians to vote for Augustus Invictus for U.S. Senate on Primary Day, Aug. 30, and again on Election Day, Nov. 8.
“It is a great honor to have the endorsement of Mr. Grayson,” said Augustus Invictus. “Libertarianism is very much a ground-up movement of the people, and elected officials like Councilman-elect Grayson are the true leaders of this groundswell.”
ATPR: Augustus Invictus also once again called for a debate between himself and his opponent in the Libertarian Party primary, Paul Stanton, this time addressing the Libertarian Party of Florida Executive Committee in an open letter posted on July 10th, 2016 to his Facebook page:
To the Members of the Executive Committee:
I write you concerning the first statewide primary in a century in Florida that is not for the Republican and Democratic Parties. This primary election for the U.S. Senate is also the first in Libertarian history, not just in Florida, but – to my knowledge – the entire United States of America.
The State and National Parties sometimes disagree on various things, but one constant from coast-to-coast is that candidates for public office serve as messengers for the Party. A candidate is expected to help grow the Party, as he has essentially volunteered to be its mouthpiece.
The same is true of debates: a debate between candidates grows the Party in ways that an individual campaign simply cannot do. The very fact of the exposure is enough to recruit new members who had never before heard the Libertarian message – and we have exposure in spades. The fact that Marco Rubio, the incumbent for this seat, is now running for reelection, has increased the spotlight on this already important race a hundredfold.
But far more important, history will judge us for our actions in the next forty days. This is the first primary of its kind, and the world will wonder why we in the Libertarian Party of Florida did nothing to seize this opportunity.
We have an unprecedented chance to spread the Libertarian message with
a debate between me and my primary opponent. He, however, refuses to debate me or to assist in growing the Party in any way whatsoever. He has been asked by my campaign, by several county affiliates of the LPF, and by various media outlets to debate me, and he has declined every invitation.
It falls, then, to you and me to promote this historic election. This debate is necessary for the growth of the Party, and it is incumbent upon this Executive Committee to do all within its power to grow the Party. To this end, I formally request that the members of this Executive Committee convince my opponent to accept as many of the myriad invitations to debate me as possible.
I thank you for your time, and I look forward to working with you for the betterment of our movement.
Augustus Sol Invictus, Esq.
ATPR: IPR contributor Thomas L. Knapp corrected Invictus on one point below the post:
“I write you concerning the first statewide primary in a century in Florida that is not for the Republican and Democratic Parties. This primary election for the U.S. Senate is also the first in Libertarian history, not just in Florida, but – to my knowledge – the entire United States of America.”
Not even close. I can’t tell you how many Libertarian primaries for US Senate there have been altogether, but in one state alone (Missouri) one person (my wife) won two of them (1998 and 2002).
The Libertarian Party of Florida’s primary takes place on August 30th, 2016.