The National Interest
By: Robert C. O'Brien
Yesterday afternoon, Ambassador Rich Williamson's family, friends and colleagues bid him farewell at the Kenilworth Union Church in suburban Chicago.
I first met Rich several years ago when he joined Governor Mitt Romney's campaign as a senior advisor on foreign policy. We hit it off from our first telephone call. We worked together to elect the Governor but we bonded over our mutual admiration for America's 40th President, Ronald Wilson Reagan. While I had campaigned for the Gipper as a teenager, Rich worked closely with him as a thirty year old Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs.