Former Kentucky Republican Leader Dies

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Republican Elephant

Former Kentucky gubernatorial press secretary and congressional aide Larry Van Hoose has died in Florida. He was 76.

Van Hoose, who was also executive director of the Kentucky Republican Party, died Tuesday in Cape Coral. The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1p2JclX ) reported he had lived there about a year.

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Fuller Metz Cremation & Funeral Services in Cape Coral said a memorial service would be held later in Kentucky.

Van Hoose joined Gov. Louie B. Nunn’s administration in the late 1960s. Fred Karem, a Nunn aide, said Van Hoose was Nunn’s press secretary, speech writer and "just about everything else."

He went on to lead the state’s Republican Party before becoming chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins of Lexington. He also worked for other Republican congressmen, including Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.