A longtime Republican consultant who helped Gov. Pat McCrory wade through North Carolina's political waters has died.
McCrory's office said Tuesday that Jack Hawke died Monday night at age 72 after an extended illness. A McCrory spokeswoman said the governor spoke to Hawke's wife, Grace. There were no further details.
Hawke was a top adviser to McCrory during his losing 2008 gubernatorial campaign and winning 2012 campaign.
Hawke's political career goes back more than 45 years, when he helped Jim Gardner get elected to Congress. Hawke later ran for Congress himself, managed Jim Martin's winning 1984 campaign for governor and was later state GOP chairman.
McCrory told reporters Hawke was like a close relative and he was on the phone regularly with Hawke until about two weeks ago.