In 2006, Reubin O'Donovan Askew spoke about what it was like to become Florida's 37th Governor.
"You really can't get too prepared to become governor. The roof falls in on you and all of a sudden you realize you don't get any smarter. You just get an awful lot more responsibility and you're on your own to try to determine for sure exactly how to govern."
Governor Askew not only determined exactly how to govern, but the impact of his leadership is still with us today - from improving the environment to open government, from a reformed judicial system to an improved tax structure.
Reubin Askew set a standard for governing that few have been able to match. We can only hope that those in Tallahassee who are praising him today, reflect on what he did and what he would do.
Governor Askew died Thursday. He was 85.