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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A recent article in the Rochester Business Journal featured Richard Rosenbaum '52 and his new book, "No Room for Democracy: The Triumph of Ego over Common Sense" (RIT Press, September 2008).

"The book details Dick's close relationship with Rocky[Nelson Rockefeller] the onetime governor and vice president, who took Dick from a comfortable position as a state Supreme Court justice to head the state GOP. The move made Dick a national force in politics, where he tangled, tussled or hobnobbed with Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford. Kissinger wrote the book's forward, the article says.

A former GOP chairman for New York State and a candidate for Governor of New York State in 1994, Rosenbaum served as Chairman of the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board by appointment of Gov. George Pataki. He was also Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee from 1973 to 1977 and the New York representative on the Republican National Committee in Washington D.C. for more than 20 years.

He was one of the youngest Justices to be elected to the New York State Supreme Court for a full 14 year term with bipartisan support. Rosenbaum has been a member of the New York State Bar for more than half a century and is currently Senior Counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP, where he was formerly a partner. He returned to campus last fall for a President's Forum talk coinciding with the release of his book.

The full article about "No Room for Democracy" follows.


Rochester Business Journal
"Rocky's Guy"

Nixon Peabody senior counsel Richard Rosenbaum appeared last month on C-SPAN, talking about his book, "No Room for Democracy."

It was one of a slew of appearances for Dick as he promotes his book. The work, subtitled "The Triumph of Ego over Common Sense," contains funny anecdotes, ranging from getting caught skipping Charleton Heston's appearance at the 1984 GOP national convention to chasing down some pick-pocketing hookers in New York City to the story of Nelson Rockefeller's $35,000 mink-lined bed.

Though not specifically an inside-Rochester-politics tale, it does give some insights into local politics and politicos. Those making cameo appearances include local GOP stalwarts Ron Starkweather, Steve Minarik and Barbara Zartman, local lawyers such as Bob Witmer, Alan Underberg, Vince Buzard and John Parrinello pop up on the pages, as do business folks such as newspaper publisher Andy Wolfe, Fedele Scutti and Malcolm Glazer.

The book details Dick's close relationship with Rocky, the onetime governor and vice president, who took Dick from a comfortable position as a state Supreme Court justice to head the state GOP. The move made Dick a national force in politics, where he tangled, tussled or hobnobbed with Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford. Kissinger wrote the book's forward.

Known as the Iron Chancellor for his leadership style-and at other times known as baldy, curly and Rosie-Dick had a meteoric rise in the Republican ranks, fueled in part by leading the GOP's successful push to retake the city of Rochester in 1969.

A collegiate boxer, he once stepped into the ring - and barely back out of it - for an exhibition fight with former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. But the political arena was where he built his lasting fame.

 


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