The memorial service for former Gov. Reubin Askew drew hundreds of people to a church in Tallahassee on Wednesday afternoon. (Watch it live on the Florida Channel.)
Gov. Rick Scott, former Gov. Charlie Crist, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, several members of Congress and dozens of state legislators attended the service at Faith Presbyterian Church. Most legislative committee meetings were canceled for the afternoon so lawmakers could attend.
Three eulogists were expected to speak: Askew’s son Kevin, former U.S. Rep. Jim Bacchus and former Florida State University president Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte.
D’Alemberte was a House member from Miami when Askew was governor. Bacchus was a speech writer for Askew as governor and was a special assistant to Askew when he served as President Jimmy Carter’s U.S. trade representative.
“I know what to say. I’m just not sure I can say it,” Bacchus said. “I’m wondering where Reubin Askew’s speech writer is when I need him.”