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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:39 PM

Bill McBride, former gubernatorial candidate and husband of Alex Sink, dies of heart attack

TAMPA Bill McBride, a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate who once led Florida's largest law firm, died Saturday. He was 67.

Mr. McBride had a heart attack Saturday evening while in Mount Airy, N.C., with family, according to his wife, Alex Sink, Florida's former chief financial officer and also a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Mr. McBride, who lost the 2002 gubernatorial election to Jeb Bush, was once managing partner of the Holland & Knight law firm. He later became a partner in the Barnett Bolt Kirkwood Long & McBride boutique law firm on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard. He had been a captain in the Marine Corps and served on a multitude of boards, including those of the Florida Holocaust Museum and the United Way of Tampa Bay.


I met him in 2002 when he ran against Jeb Bush.

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