Larry Rasky, a political strategist and CEO/chairman of Boston-based Rasky Partners, has died.
The Boston Globe reported that Rasky died Sunday morning in his Quincy, MA home. The cause of death remains unknown. He was 69.
A fixture in Democratic political circles, Rasky was a longtime advisor and friend of Vice President—and now presumptive Democratic nominee—Joe Biden, serving as press secretary for the then-Senator’s first White House run in 1988. He was later a communications director for the "Biden for President" campaign in 2007. Last year, he helped launch Biden PAC Unite the Country.
Rasky founded Rasky Partners—formerly Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications—in 1989. The independent agency, which maintains an additional office in Washington, D.C., specializes in lobbying, financial services, healthcare, grassroots organizing, energy and the environment, technology, crisis communications and reputation management.
In 2014, Rasky Partners merged with Washington-based Prism Public Affairs. It counts Boston Medical Center, Citizens Financial Group, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Movie Pass, the Boston Museum of Science, Shields Healthcare Group and UMass Amherst as clients.
Prior to founding his agency, Rasky served as deputy press secretary to President Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign. He later worked for John Glenn’s 1984 presidential campaign, was a communications director to John Kerry’s first Senate campaign and a special assistant to Congressman Ed Markey.
He was also formerly director of public affairs for Boston’s Cablevision Systems Corporations.
Rasky Partners posted a statement on Twitter last night that read: “Larry was a giant in so many ways, not just professionally but personally. He loved & was loved by so many. He treated the company like a family, and we are all shocked and saddened by the news of his passing.”