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Robert Strauss, Former Democratic Chairman, Dealmaker, Dies at 95
Posted By Tamara Lytle On March 24, 2014 @ 9:48 am In Washington Watch | Comments Disabled
The New York Times obituary  called the former Democratic chairman a â€śkingmakerâ€ in a bygone era when party leaders held a lot more power.
â€śA loud, sometimes profane backslapper, he made his name in the nationâ€™s capital as a persuasive back-room trouble-shooter, a virtuoso of hardball negotiation and gentle suasion,â€ BusinessWeek  wrote.
Strauss helped some Democrats like Jimmy Carter get elected and advised presidents of both parties. Carter made Strauss a special trade representative to the Middle East, and President George H.W. Bush appointed him ambassador to Russia right after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
â€śHe is absolutely the most amazing politician,â€ former first lady Barbara Bush wrote of Strauss. â€śHe is everybodyâ€™s friend and, if he chooses, could sell you the paper off your own wall.â€
Strauss also foundedÂ one of the capitalâ€™s most influential law firms: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Photo: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
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 BusinessWeek: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-03-19/robert-s-dot-strauss-top-washington-trouble-shooter-dies-at-95
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