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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Passing of Basil Paterson

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement today on the passing of Basil Paterson, former New York state Senator and Secretary of State and former Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee:

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Basil Paterson. His pioneering career was defined by an unwavering pursuit of the ideals for which he fought and the betterment of the community which he loved. Mr. Paterson consistently answered the call to service, displaying savvy and poise in whichever capacity he could best represent the people of New York. Alongside his colleagues in Harlem, he opened doors not just in his home state, but across the nation, for future generations of African American leaders. As a former Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Paterson’s commitment to inclusion and the expansion of opportunity for all is an indelible legacy on the fabric of our party. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Paterson’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

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