Wednesday, March 23, 2005

GOP adviser died of overdose

Republican media adviser R. Gregory Stevens, who was found dead in the Beverly Hills, Calif., home of actress Carrie Fisher on Feb. 26, died of an overdose of cocaine and the painkiller OxyContin, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

...Mr. Stevens, 42, was an associate with the powerhouse Washington lobbying firm Barbour Griffith & Rogers....

Mr. Stevens ... served as the head of the Bush-Cheney Entertainment Task Force for President Bush's recent inaugural. Barbour Griffith & Rogers, one of the co-founders of which was chairman of the Republican National Committee, held a memorial service for Mr. Stevens earlier this month....

--Washington Times

Barbour Griffith & Rogers is a lobbying firm that has as one of its clients the trade group PhRMA -- the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. For whatever that's worth. And, of course, the Barbour in Barbour Griffith & Rogers is Haley Barbour, who resigned as president of the firm to become governor of Mississippi.

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