, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today issuedthe following statement on the passing of John F. Wade, her former Chief of Staff and the hard-charging Campaign Manager of her 1992 upset victory in her first race for Congress.
"John Wade was an inspirational and loving friend and colleague whose political genius and personalcourage truly changed my life. His innate intelligence, irreverent wit, and superb organizationalskills made him a unique and uniquely qualified individual, and we shall not see his like again," saidCongresswoman Maloney.John F. Wade, 56, died surrounded by family at his home in Biddeford, Maine on January 8, 2011 after a long struggle with cancer. In his long and distinguished career, he held many prominent positions in public service and politics, including serving as Representative Maloney's first Chief of Staff in Congressand as Chief of Staff in her New York City Council office; as Director of Education to Bronx BoroughPresident Fernando Ferrer; and as a congressional aide to Representative John B. Anderson of Illinois,on whose national presidential campaign he served as a paid staff member in 1980. After leavinggovernment service, he remained an ardent political activist dedicated to Democratic, progressive andlesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) causes and campaigns, and his services as a consultant became highly prized by candidates from Maine to Manhattan. In New York City, he played a criticalrole in the initial, successful campaigns for public office of Manhattan Assembly Members Jonathan Bingand Micah Kellner and several Civil Court judges including Andrea Masley and Lori Sattler. John F. Wade was born in Dublin, Ireland on April 12, 1954, a son of Sean and Rosaleen O'Shea Wade,and arrived in America with his family in October of 1958. After growing up in Manhattan and northern New Jersey, he graduated from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee in 1976, and undertook graduate studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1978.He went on to serve on the congressional staff of U.S. Representative John B. Anderson, and as a senior staffer on Anderson’s unsuccessful 1980 independent presidential campaign. After returning to NewYork City, he joined the staff of then-Councilmember Carolyn B. Maloney, rising to become her Chief of Staff before joining then-Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer’s Office as Director of Education.In 1992, Councilwoman Maloney called upon him to manage her underdog campaign for Congressagainst Republican S. William Green, an entrenched, fifteen-year incumbent serving on the HouseAppropriations Committee. Combining skillful targeting of the Maloney campaign’s slender resourceswith his legendary organizing ability and fierce competitive drive, Wade was given significant credit for Maloney’s upset victory by many observers, including the new Congresswoman-elect herself. Right after the election, a photograph of Maloney with Wade at her side, taken at a post-election press conference onthe steps of New York City Hall, was published on the cover of
, the Capitol Hill newspaper, inits November 9, 1992 issue. John F. Wade is survived by his mother, Rosaleen Wade of Portland, Maine; his sister, Ann MarieKnoepfel of Portland; his brother Richard (“Rory”) Wade of New York City; four nieces, Rosaleen,Christina, Lindsey and Diana; and a nephew, Ryan. A Funeral Service for John F. Wade will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at First Parish