Longtime political adviser, tax expert David Zaehem dies at 79

David Zachem, a versatile property appraiser, tax analyst and Republican consultant who sustained decades-long close friendships on both sides of the aisle, died July 19 of a heart ailment, his family said. He was 79.

Though never reticent to share his opinions, sometimes bluntly, he sought to help politicians he believed in, including longshots. Zachem chaired the Florida presidential campaign of television evangelist Pat Robertson in 1988. Before that, he worked on Ronald Reagan’s presidential runs and played a leading role in the U.S. Senate campaign of Larry Pressler, part of a burgeoning movement now known by its most visible organization,

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