Democratic Party insider Larry Rasky passed away on March 22, early on in the coronavirus pandemic, after being diagnosed with COVID-19, his struggle compounded by pre-existing health conditions.

From his humble roots as a security guard at then presidential candidate Jimmy Carter’s campaign headquarters in 1976 in Massachusetts, Rasky and an inherent political intuitiveness noticed by staff. He was asked to join the effort in a more active role, rising to serve as Carter’s deputy press secretary during the one-term president’s unsuccessful re-election bid in 1980.

Rasky became enamored by the business of public relations and communications, and established Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications (later, Rasky Partners). It became a giant in the industry when it merged with another related powerhouse in 2014.

He remained closely involved in the Demoratic Party scene with former presidential candidate and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, among those remembering Rasky fondly.

Over the years, Rasky contributed to numerous Jewish causes and interests, a passionate and philanthropic advocate in the New England area and beyond.

One of the most prominent of individuals paying tribute to his memory is Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who released a statement honoring the late friend involved since his first campaign for White House in 1998: “Larry Rasky was one of the sharpest political minds of his generation, a trusted advisor, and for me, a good and loyal friend.”

Rasky is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and son Will, who works at his father’s firm.

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