Democrats with both a small and a capital ‘d’ are mourning the loss of Charles T. Manatt (right), who died on Sunday 23 July at the age of 75.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Chuck Manatt,” said former President Bill Clinton:
We were friends for 30 years, and I saw firsthand how he used his energy, intellect, and common sense to help restore the Democratic Party after 1980, to make America more prosperous and just, and to make friends for our nation around the world. He and his Republican counterpart, Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf, brought the promise of the National Endowment for Democracy to life, with its Democratic and Republican institutes supporting free and fair elections around the world, just as the communist systems were beginning to collapse.
“We at the Endowment will always remember Chuck fondly not only as one of our founders and an early Vice-Chair of the Board but also as a deeply committed democrat and a devoted public servant,” said NED President Carl Gershman. We send our heartfelt condolences to his entire family.”
Manatt, who was the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee when NED was established, also founded a major law firm and served as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
The NED is a non-partisan democracy assistance group based in Washington, DC.