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Following the death of John Britton, a good friend and smoke-free air ally, Jim Blaine, M.D., replied:
Here is his obit:
Makes me wish that I had taken the time to get to know him better. He could have been very effective if he had decided to turn State’s evidence near the end.
Interestingly, the obituary referenced above makes absolutely no mention of Britton’s highly influential and damaging work for the former Tobacco Institute. But the observation that “He could have been very effective if he had decided to turn State’s evidence near the end” is certainly valid, if unfortunately too late.
It reminds me of the late Victor Crawford, also a very effective lobbyist, who DID expose his former paymasters after contracting terminal throat cancer. He was the subject of a 60 Minutes segment and an Ann Landers column that appeared in a Spring 1995 MoGASP Newsletter, reproduced below:
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