- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Augustus Sol Invictus, a 32-year-old former lawyer who claims he was kicked out of a religious sect due to performing an animal sacrifice, is currently the Florida Libertarian Party’s only candidate in next year’s U.S. Senate race.

Mr. Invictus declared his intent to run for senator four months ago in hopes of winning the seat vacated by Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, but is just now causing a stir after prompting the chairman of the state’s Libertarian Party to resign in protest.

Adrian Wyllie, a Libertarian who planned on running for governor of Florida in 2016, said on Thursday that he had stepped down as party chair in order to draw attention to Mr. Invictus’ campaign.

According to a blistering explanation of his resignation posted on Facebook, Mr. Wyllie claimed the senate hopeful is in favor of eugenics, has promised to start a second civil war and was once booted from a religious group for “brutally and sadistically dismembering a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice.”

“I would never disparage anyone on the basis of their religion. But, since Mr. Invictus cites his religion as the motivation for his violent intentions, I believe it must be scrutinized,” he wrote.

“Since I could not in good conscience remain silent about this man or his followers, I had no choice but to resign,” said Mr. Wyllie, adding that he hopes his party will ultimately disavow a candidate he considers to project not Libertarian concepts, but rather “Fascist and Neo-Nazi ideologies.”

Mr. Invictus told the Associated Press in an interview this week that he practices Thelema, a pagan religion based on the teachings of British occultist Aleister Crowley, and called into question Mr. Wyllie’s other recent claims.

“I have performed animal sacrifices as part of my religion,” Mr. Invictus admitted to the AP. “I was expelled from the order for political reasons. And animal sacrifice was part of it. But that is a deliberate misrepresentation by Wyllie.”

“I have never dismembered a goat in my life,” Mr. Invictus said, but rather participated in a sacrifice to the “god of the wilderness.”

“Yes, I drank the goat’s blood,” he added. As for the other allegations, however, the senate hopeful explained that he does not endorse eugenics, is not a Neo-Nazi himself and says the government has already taken the first steps towards escalating a civil war within the United States.

Regardless of his explanation, an elected Libertarian representing the Sunshine State seems like a far cry from reality for now. The results of polling published in June by Quinnipiac University suggested Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson, both Florida Democrats, were the most likely candidates to win next year’s Senate race.

Candidates who ran for that slot in Florida’s 2012 election without the backing of either the Republican or Democratic Party failed to achieve more than 1.5 percent in the polls; and in 2014, Mr. Wyllie placed third in the Florida governor’s race with 3.8 percent of the vote, suggesting a Libertarian candidate—goat sacrificer or not—faces an uphill battle ahead of next year’s election.

“If not elected, I still think there is a purpose for all of this and that is to get a message out there, waking them up,” Mr. Invictus told the AP. “They are the ones that control the government and not the other way around.”

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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