Arthur J Finkelstein Passes Away
Arthur J Finkelstein passes away
Statement authorized by the Finkelstein family.
August 19, 2017
World-renowned political strategist Arthur J Finkelstein passed away from lung cancer late last night at the age of 72 . He is survived by his husband Donald, their daughters Molly and Jeni, granddaughter Maryn and brothers Ronald and Barry. Arthur and Donald have been together for over 50 years.
A photo of Arthur and Donald taken on April 22, 2013 in NYC during the presentation of the AAPC Hall of Fame award ceremony is attached to this release.
A private ceremony with the family will be held shortly, and a public one will be announced soon.
Larry Weitzner, spokesman for the Arthur J Finkelstein Family said:
“Arthur,” as everyone who has worked with him called him, had passion in his soul, poetry in his heart and brilliance in his mind. He set out to change the world and he did just that. His messaging skills, theatrical touch and strategic genius resulted in the election of Presidents and over a dozen Senators, two Prime Ministers in Israel and leaders around the world.
At the age of 26 Arthur worked on President Nixon’s re-election, and was actively involved in President Reagan’s campaigns. He was credited with developing the “Panama Canal” strategy for President Reagan.
Arthur was also well known for his work in New York politics- the election of Conservative Party Senator Jim Buckley, Hempstead town supervisor Alfonse D’Amato’s upset election and re-elections to the United States Senate, and little known State Senator and former Peekskill Mayor George Pataki’s defeat of Governor Mario Cuomo in 1994 and later re-election campaigns. His brilliance transcended state lines. He won numerous Senate races throughout the United States, including in Florida, where he engineered Senator Connie Mack’s iconic 1988 victory and his re-election in 1994.
Often credited with turning the term “liberal” into an attack in politics, Arthur’s skills at messaging and polling were far more sophisticated than a simple word or phrase. He brilliantly helped develop Benjamin Netanyahu’s vision for a “secure peace” and helped voters to view the hawkish war general Ariel Sharon as a leader who was also a trusted grandfatherly figure.
Feared by his opponents, respected by his peers and beloved by two generations of Republican consultants whose work bears his influence, Arthur, a libertarian at heart, treated the intern in a campaign office with the same respect he gave the client (and sometimes more). He was a mentor, teacher and friend to hundreds of “Arthur’s kids” –a title all of us cherish. Always the center of attention, whether with his friends, family or clients — Arthur charmed us with his wit, kindness and honesty.
Arthur liked his coffee black, his shoes off, his shirts blue, his steak medium rare (preferably at his beloved Peter Luger in Brooklyn) and his Gimlets strong. His greeting to all was “Good Morning” as it was always morning some place in the world. Arthur was one of kind. He made a difference. He changed politics. He sought to make the world a better place, and to spread the power of freedom. He will be missed but never forgotten.
For more information on his career read Craig Shirley’s recent article in the National Review http://www.nationalreview.com/ar…/444254/arthur-finkelstein- republican-consultant-extraordinaire and Arthur’s Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_J._Finkelstein.