##For Immediate Release February 14 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Florida has a strong bi-partisan tradition of opposing the legalization of casino-style gambling. Floridians have fought the battle against Las Vegas-style casinos and have won each time. In 1978, 1986 and 1994, Florida voters rejected high-stakes casino gambling. Over the years, an important part of the No Casinos effort has been enlisting the support of those who have led the state to show their concern about this issue, and their opposition to the expansion of gambling.
It’s a cause that has united Democrats, Republicans and Independents since the 1970s. So in recognition of state leaders who opposed and continue to oppose the legalization of Las Vegas-style casinos in Florida, the No Casinos Statesmen’s Council has been launched to represent the unified, bipartisan view that expanded casino gambling will be harmful to Florida.
Other current and former statewide office holders are welcome to join this effort, and the plan is to continue to add to the ranks of the Council throughout 2014.
Special thanks to those who have already joined the No Casinos Statesmen’s Council, including:
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Bob Graham
Governor Jeb Bush
Governor Wayne Mixon
Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
Attorney General Pam Bondi
CFO Jeff Atwater
CFO Tom Gallagher
Speaker James Harold Thompson
Speaker Larry Cretul
Speaker Dean Cannon
For more information on the Statesmen’s Council, please visit NoCasinos.org.
Michael Joe Murphy, 407-608-5930