The two veteran Republican operatives are among four that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has added to his strategy council, his campaign says in a statement.
- Also hired are former Rep. Vin Weber of Minn. and Tom Ingram, a Tennessean who mostly recently advised Jeb Bush’s unsuccessful presidential bid
- Spencer, 89, was key adviser to ex-Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford
- He helped Ford secure 1976 GOP nomination against Reagan, which was in doubt up to convention’s first ballot
- He previously was top political aide to Reagan in his successful 1966 and 1970 gubernatorial campaigns in Calif., then was chief strategist for his successful 1980 and 1984 presidential races
- Black advised Reagan, as well as ex-Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush; was chief adviser for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign
- NOTE: Kasich won Ohio primary tonight, defeating Donald Trump