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Dr. Gerald Shaftan, the father of political consultant Rick Shaftan, passed away on October 10. He was 93.
Shaftan was a surgeon who set up the first trauma center in the United States.
His son, who works for conservative candidates, said that his father “had to be disappointed I chose a radically different career path, let alone our differences in politics.”
“But I learned a lot from him and he always made me use my brain and always called out my bullshit,” Rick Shaftan said in a glowing tribute to his father on Facebook. “Every day I used the wisdom he gave me, even though for many years of my youth I didn’t listen to much of what he or my mom said.”