TALLAHASSEE-A Statement from Dominic M. Calabro and Marshall Criser, III:
"It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Florida TaxWatch co-founder Phil Lewis this morning.
Phil was that unusual great statesman. While serving for ten years in the state Senate (the last two as President), he worked to solve problems and help Floridians in a bipartisan way, always striving to do what was best, and what was right. He was a trusted friend and role model for how to live your life and how to do the right things.
As a key co-founder and past Chairman of Florida TaxWatch, Phil Lewis' high ethical standards and incredible commitment to public leadership have been a consistent guiding force for the Officers, Board of Trustees, and professional staff of Florida TaxWatch for the past 33 years.
Phil Lewis' deep commitment to principled public leadership, and his commitment to helping our poor and most vulnerable citizens has earned him wide appreciation and deep respect long after he served his beloved state as President of the Florida Senate.
He was wise, principled, constructive, and pragmatic -characteristics that he weaved into the fibers of Florida TaxWatch, and which we will continue to strive to uphold each and every day.
You cannot replace Phil Lewis. He was a great man and a genuine friend, and truly one of a kind. He will be missed immensely."