It was incorrectly reported last Thursday that former senator Clifford P. Hansen (R-Wyo.), who had been a supporter of former senator Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.) before Laxalt dropped out of the presidential race, will join the campaign of Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.). Rep. James V. Hansen (R-Utah) has joined the Bush campaign. (Published 9/14/87)
Former senator Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.), who recently decided not to pursue the presidency, met this week with Vice President Bush and, according to a Laxalt spokesman, told Bush that "he plans to stay loose and not endorse any individual candidate." Despite Laxalt's position, several of his key aides and supporters have decided not to stay loose and will join the Bush camp.
Ed Allison, who has been an aide to Laxalt for more than 20 years and was the campaign's political director, will be a senior adviser to the Bush campaign. Allison said yesterday that after a lengthy meeting with Bush, he concluded that the vice president would best carry forth "the so-called Reagan revolution."
Other Laxalt backers moving to Bush include media consultant Sig Rogich, a member of the Tuesday Group that produced the campaign advertising for Reagan-Bush; Mary Jane Wick and Nancy Reynolds, both old Reaganauts and close to the Reagans; Rep. Barbara F. Vucanovich (R-Nev.) and former senator Clifford P. Hansen (R-Wyo.). Allison said he expected that over the next week more Laxalt supporters would be heading to Bush.
Meanwhile, one of Laxalt's key advisers, pollster Richard B. Wirthlin, has been talking with various campaigns, including that of Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.).