Immediately before he launched the public watchdog organization Integrity Florida, executive director Dan Krassner worked for public affairs behemoth Burson-Marsteller.
One of the services Burson-Marsteller offer its clients is crisis management.
“The most valued asset of any organization is its reputation,” reads Burson’s website. “ICG can help you quickly and nimbly handle an immediate crisis, expertly navigate a complex issue, or equip your organization to better manage potential issues and crises when they arise.”
Presumably, Krassner was familiar with this aspect of BM’s wheelhouse. So, what would Dan Krassner, public affairs specialist, tell Dan Krassner, ED of an an organization (Integrity Florida) deep in crisis?
As the Tampa Bay Times reported on Monday, the decision by IF to produce research sponsored by Americans for Prosperity triggered a pair of resignations.
Barbara Petersen, executive director of the First Amendment Foundation, resigned her seat on Integrity Florida’s board after questions were raised about the propriety of research sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. Immediately afterward, Krassner stepped down from his seat on the First Amendment Foundation.
“We agreed it was best for Barbara to resign, and Dan offered to resign and I accepted the resignation,” said Tim Nickens, editor of the Tampa Bay Times editorial pages and chairman of the First Amendment Foundation board.