3 An icon of Florida politics ..has passed away. Florida's 37th Governor... Reubin Askew died this morning at age 85. A dark horse candidate back in 19-70 ... Askew is credited with ethics reform, creating a fair tax system, and restoring confidence in state government. As Channel 4's Mike Vasilinda tells us, Askew became one of the most respected governors in the country. 3 14-2746-501'01- 1'071'08-1'131'29-1'37As a state Senator from Pensacola, Askew championed racial equality and the fair drawing of legislative districts. In this 2001 interview, he recounted threats made by the power structure at the time. Sot: Reubin Askew May 9, 2001 "He told me I would never see a university in West Florida if I kept voting that way and as brazen as I was, I looked him square in the eye and I said, 'Dewey, I'm going to get a university and I'm gonna be here after you're gone.'"Florida's 37th governor championed financial disclosure for public officials, going around a reluctant legislatureNat sot of Askew: "I'm doin' your business and frankly you have a right to know essentially what I'm doing."Current Senate President Don Gaetz calls it a landmark of integrity.Sot: Don Gaetz R-Niceville Senate President "Florida became the model for America in open government because of what Reubin Askew did."Mike Vasilinda standup "As Governor Askew usually got what he wanted from lawmakers, keeping score cards on how they voted and threatening them with calls to their editorial board."Sot: Guy Spearman Former Askew Aide "There was no question you knew where he stood. There was not ever a doubt as to what his position was."Mike Vasilinda Standup "The first time I ever Reubin Askew a question back in 1974, he yelled at me."Generally liked by the press, Askew didn't mince words when something was written he didn't like.Nat sot: "I'm just sayin' what you wrote was an unfair story."In this 1978 clip, he takes a Miami Herald reporter to task for a story on a trade mission to Japan. Sot: Reubin Askew 1978 "I don't care if we'd a gone in the bottom of a cargo ship, you would have said it was a junket."Askew will lie in state at the Old Capitol, which ironically he once wanted torn down, but later admitted he was wrong. In Tallahassee, I'm Mike Vasilinda reporting. Askew ran unsuccessfully for the democratic Presidential nomination in 1984. After his public service, he went on to teach at nine of the state's universities. He ended that second career teaching political science and government at FSU. His funeral will be held in Tallahassee, with burial in Pensacola.