Ask the Governor
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Title: Ask the Governor
Physical Description: nos. in : ; 36 cm.
Creator: Florida -- Governor (1961-1965 : Bryant)
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: January 26, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR

As taped for radio release the week of
January 26, 1962

It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor Farris

Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments received

from Florida citizens.

QUESTION: Governor, there have been reports from SoUth

Florida that there will be candidates for the Legislature this

year pledged to a program of extending legalized gambling in the

state, with an eye perhaps toward Florida becoming a sort of

southern Las Vegas. What's your opinion of such a program for


GOVERNOR: Well, I am afraid my views on the expansion of

legalized gambling are pretty well known. I am opposed to it

unalterably and irrevocably. It has been my experience --.and it-has

been my experience since being in office, as well as before -- that

gambling brings nothing good to Florida and that it creates in our

children an acquisitive instinct without that productive instinct,

without that earning desire which has been the very bedrock of

American progress.

I am afraid that wherever there is gambling -- even if it

is legalized -- there is a temptation, because of the value of the

gambling franchises, to engage in the bribery of public officials.

And there are always those illegal gamblers who are trying to, as

it were, "muscle in" on the operation and bring in the whole train

of vices with which gambling is so often associated.

I will be opposed to any extension of legalized gambling

in Florida, and I hope the people of Florida will not send to the

Legislature representatives who would condone it.

QUESTION: On another political subject, there are

indications we will also see an active slate of Republican candidates

in Florida for these off-year legislative and congressional elections.

Will you take to the stump in support of the Democratic nominees?

GOVERNOR: Well, I always support the Democratic nominees,

where they deserve support. It has been my policy to believe, and

to act upon the belief, that people are elected to office not because


they belong to a particular party, but because they can serve the

people. Now in Florida, fortunately -- at least for me -- these

people have for the most part been Democrats. And I have always

supported Democrats or I have stayed out of the political picture

because I am wedded to the Democratic Party. I hate to see a time

ever come in this state when people will vote for a man because he

is a Democrat or because he is a Republican without consideration

of his ability or the merits. We have seen some instances in

Florida where people have just voted for an individual because he

bore some party label. This, in my judgment, is not responsible

citizenship. I will support Democratic candidates actively

whenever they want me to and are qualified to do their job.

QUESTION: Do you think that the Democratic Party in

Florida is losing any of its strength as Republican registrations


GOVERNOR: Oh, no. I think we grow stronger all the time.

As a matter of fact, I don't know any time the Democratic Party of

Florida has been as vigorous and as active as it is at the present


QUESTION: During the 1960 election campaigns, we had a

case of a candidate running for the office of county judge and

circuit judge simultaneously. There are rumors that we may have a

candidate running in this coming year's campaign who will be a

candidate for congressman and for United States senator at the same

time. Do you think this is a good practice or do you believe that

there should be some change made in our laws to stop this practice?

GOVERNOR: Oh, I don't know. I think the people can take

care of that situation. If they want a man to be able to do that,

they can let him do it. On the other hand, if they disapprove of

it they can defeat him for either one or both of those offices. In

my judgment, this is probably the best solution. I believe in

democracy -- leaving these things in the hands of the people. And

I have a great deal of confidence in their ultimate wisdom in

resolving questions of this kind.

QUESTION: After more than a year of working with the

elected Cabinet that Florida has, is it your feeling that you still

would support the Cabinet system as strongly as you did before your


GOVERNOR: Oh, yes. I think the Cabinet system is an

excellent system. I don't think that we should dilute responsibility.

I don't think that those of us in one area of administration ought

to get over into other areas of administration. But I believe in

the Cabinet system.

Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general

interest you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program,

jot it down on a post card and send it to "Ask the Governor,"

Governor's Office, Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which

has made available this time in the public interest. Be with us

next week when again we "Ask the Governor."