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September 11, 2013
The sad news of Clay's passing made it half-way around the world to my location by morning. Clay loved and paid so much attention to Africa, long before his tenure as Trade Subcommittee chair. Although I served as his Deputy Chief of Staff only 2 years, I had admired his statesmanship and gentlemanly manner for a decade prior while staffing his colleague. No doubt, that period led to my marrying into a South Florida family of "Clay Shaw Democrats" who admired him as much as I did.

Anyone who knew Clay Shaw liked him. I was lucky to call him boss, friend & mentor; together we endured 9/11/01 in his Capitol Hill office & election nite 2000 in Broward/PB/Miami-Dade, plus re-counts and redistricting and other, bigger wins like the landmark Everglades bill. His evenhanded presence is missed at times like these...

But even more, we miss true partnerships like his with Emilie. When an Assistant Secretary at Treasury interviewed me for a job and asked "what did you learn working for Clay Shaw?" I stunned him with my reply: "What a good marriage looks like, and how a couple can serve with integrity." I've had other great jobs and bosses. But Clay was one-of-two-of-a-kind, and my heart goes out to his other-half, Emilie, and their whole family, for whom Clay would interrupt even the most "urgent" meeting to take their call on his private line, even a grandchild wanting to tell him about her day at school.
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