Thursday, February 12, 2015

John Kasich getting advice from Ed Gillespie, John E. Sununu and others as he ponders 2016

Gov. John Kasich's presidential deliberations are accelerating, as evidenced not only by an upcoming trip to South Carolina announced this week but also by the prominent Republican advisers entering his political orbit.

Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, met recently with Team Kasich, according to GOP sources in Columbus plugged into Kasich's network.

One Republican said a separate dinner meeting included former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu of New Hampshire, the first primary state. Richard Allen, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who served as national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan, also attended the dinner, the source told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The sources, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss Kasich's plans publicly, described the meetings as advice sessions meant to prepare the governor should he launch a White House bid.

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