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“Everybody’s Friend” Dies

September 5th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Jim Krog, a former chief of staff for Gov. Lawton Chiles, and a respected lobbyist, died of a heart attack Thursday. Krog was instrumental in persuading Chiles to seek the Governors job after he retired from the US Senate, then helped him win a tough re election fight against Jeb Bush. He also squared off against Charlie Crist when he was a State Senator. Today the Governor told reporters his passing is a tragedy.

I was very saddened to see Jims passing. I had enormous respect for him. I can remember, actually, during my first session as governor having him over at the mansion and seeking his council about how we ought to proceed. He was very generous with his time and was really a fun guy. He had a great attitude, very bright. He will be sorely missed. said Crist.

Krog was 60 and died of heart failure. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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