No Casinos Statement on the Passing of Governor Reubin Askew

No Casinos Statement on the Passing of Governor Reubin Askew

March 13, 2014

No Casinos President John Sowinski made the following statement on the passing of Governor Reubin Askew:

Today Florida lost one of its greatest citizens. Reubin Askew was not just a great Governor, he was a great man and principled public servant. Among his many contributions to our state was that he led the first No Casinos effort in 1978.

On a personal note, Governor Askew was a giant of my childhood — the first Florida Governor whose name I had to memorize for school. Years later I would have the honor of getting to know him personally. Governor Askew took a strong interest in the 1994 No Casinos effort. He came to meetings, made introductions, and would call regularly for updates and to offer encouragement and advice.

Governor Askew was a true gentleman whose love for Florida exceeded any political consideration. God bless Reubin Askew, and grant comfort to his family.