Neither deep-staters nor swamp creatures — just proud patriots

Neither deep-staters nor swamp creatures — just proud patriots


The attention paid to the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was deserved. Her contributions to our society are literally immeasurable.

But she was not the only public servant who contributed mightily to our country who left us recently. So did former National Transportation Safety Board Chair Mark Rosenker and former State Department Protocol Officer Mary Masserini. Rosenker, died at 73 after a courageous battle against brain cancer. Masserini died at 94 after a 58-year career in federal service.

I learned a lot from them both. When I first started in politics in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I knew less than nothing about how things worked, especially about press coverage of presidential candidates and presidents, the areas which interested me most. With great patience, Rosenker showed me the ropes.

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We worked a lot of events together and jokingly referred to ourselves as “the two Jewish Republican Marks” (of which there were not that many back then)

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