There has been another death among those who surround the Clinton family, this time involving someone from within the inner orbit around former President Bill Clinton and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The former first lady, senator, secretary, and failed presidential candidate announced on Saturday that her youngest brother, Tony Rodham, had passed away on Friday night.
“We’ll miss him very much”
Clinton revealed in a tweet, “We lost my brother Tony last night. It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today. When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter.”
“He was kind, generous, & a wonderful husband to Megan & father to Zach, Simon, & Fiona. We’ll miss him very much,” she added.
We lost my brother Tony last night. It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today. When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter. He was kind, generous, & a wonderful husband to Megan & father to Zach, Simon, & Fiona. We’ll miss him very much.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2019
USA Today reported that Rodham was born in 1954 and grew up in Chicago as the youngest of three siblings behind brother Hugh and sister Hillary.
Though no doubt beloved by his friends and family, Rodham had a bit of a checkered and questionable history, one that saw him bounce from one job to the next, seemingly always on the verge of disaster or dire financial straits.
Among his many other seemingly random positions over the years, Rodham worked at the Democratic National Committee for a stint and also played minor supporting roles in his sister’s successful senatorial and unsuccessful presidential bids.
Chiefly, Rodham gained a measure of notoriety for allegedly using his influential connection to former President Bill Clinton to his full advantage when it came to various business ventures and investment schemes.
One such instance occurred in 2000, when Rodham successfully lobbied his brother-in-law president to issue pardons for some friends in Tennessee who’d been convicted of bank fraud, even though the Department of Justice objected to the pardons, and it was later revealed that Rodham had been paid roughly $250,000 as a “consultant” by the couple receiving the clemency.
Rodham was also alleged to have “hounded” the former president to help him get a job with an electric car company owned by Clinton friend and future Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Rodham also drew sharp attention related to his alleged work in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, ostensibly utilizing funding and assistance from the Clinton Foundation, though the Foundation disputed the existence of any such connections.
However, for whatever faults he may have had, Rodham will certainly be sorely missed by his surviving wife, adult children, and other relatives — including sister Hillary and brother-in-law Bill — and they all deserve thoughts and prayers in this time of personal grief.