Public relations executive, political consultant, and Emerson alumnus Larry Rasky ’78 was honored during the first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Monday, August 17. Rasky, who died March 22 at the age of 69, was a former press secretary and longtime confidant and supporter of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The chairman and CEO of Rasky Partners and former Emerson Trustee was included in a COVID-19 In Memoriam segment during the Monday night program.
Rasky, who got his start in politics as an Emerson student by talking his way into the Carter campaign while working as a security guard at campaign headquarters, went on to advise numerous local and national politicians.
His relationship with Biden began during the former Senator and Vice President’s unsuccessful 1988 presidential run, when Rasky served as Biden’s press secretary. He and Biden remained good friends over the decades, and in 2019, Rasky helped launch the super PAC Unite the Country to support Biden’s current presidential campaign.
“He was a real friend,” Biden told the Boston Globe. “He was also generous and sharp and he just had a spirit about him. His passion for politics was amazing.”
Rasky would go on to work with other prominent politicians, including former U.S. Sen. and Secretary of State John Kerry, current U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, and current Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.