From the NY Times:
Lyn Nofziger, the cigar-chomping former newspaperman who served as spokesman and strategist for Ronald Reagan in Sacramento and Washington, died of cancer on Monday at his home in Falls Church, Va. He was 81.
From Nofziger’s website:
I served in Ronald Reagan’s governor’s office and White House and in Richard Nixon’s White House. I have run and participated in numerous political campaigns, including five for president, and have won some and lost some. Once I even worked at the Republican National Committee.
I am a Republican because I believe that freedom is more important than government-provided security. Sometimes I wish I were a Democrat because Democrats seem to have more fun. At other times I wish I were a Libertarian because Republicans are too much like Democrats.
What I actually am is a right-wing independent who is registered Republican because there isn’t any place else to go. In the future I expect to be critical of both parties and their leadership and a lot of other people and things, too.
Casper Weinberger died, as well. From:
Casper Weinberger, who served as defense secretary under President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 88.
His family said he died from pneumonia early Tuesday morning in the town of Bangor, Maine.