Danforth Blames Political Bullying for Schweich Suicide
March 3, 2015

(AP) – Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth has suggested that political bullying led Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich to fatally shoot himself.

Danforth delivered the eulogy Tuesday during a memorial service for Schweich that was attended by many of Missouri’s top elected officials and hundreds of others.

Schweich fatally shot himself last Thursday in what police say was an apparent suicide.

Danforth was a close friend, co-worker and political mentor to Schweich, who had planned to run for governor.

Danforth said that in the days before his death, Schweich was upset about a negative radio ad that mocked his appearance and was distraught by what Schweich perceived as an anti-Semitic whispering campaign against him. Schweich was Christian, but had some Jewish ancestry.

Danforth said: “Words do hurt. Words can kill.”

Danforth Expected to Speak at Schweich Funeral This Morning
March 3, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, an outspoken critic of the uncompromising nature of modern politics, is expected to speak Tuesday at a memorial service for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who fatally shot himself not long after entering a combative campaign for governor.

Many of Missouri’s top elected officials were to join Danforth in mourning Schweich, who died in what police describe as an apparent suicide last Thursday at his suburban St. Louis home.

The 54-year-old Republican auditor leaves behind a wife and two children, a seemingly rising political career and plenty of questions for Missouri politicians who now are wondering whether the negative nature of today’s campaigns contributed to Schweich’s death.

Schweich fatally shot himself just minutes after calling reporters to say he wanted to go public with allegations that the Missouri Republican Party chairman had made anti-Semitic comments about him. A Schweich spokesman said he also had been upset recently about a new negative radio ad that belittled his physical appearance and integrity as an opening salvo in the Republican primary for the 2016 governor’s race.

Poll Shows Obama Has a Shot in Missouri
May 31, 2012

A poll indicates Missouri remains a toss-up state in the presidential election. That is a very different perspective on the state’s role in presidential politics this year than many people think.
The survey is from Public Policy Polling (3P), a firm that works mainly with Democratic candidates, gives Obama a 45-44 edge over Republican candidate Mitt Romney. That is well within the margin of error for the poll, of 4%.
For several presidential election cycles, including 2008, Missouri was regarded as a battleground state. That changed after the 2008 election when GOP candidate John McCain edged Obama in Missouri.
Here’s the survey with the January results behind it:

Obama: 45% (45%)
Romney 44% (45%)
Undecided: 11% (9%).

The 3P survey indicates Missourians are not impressed with either candidate. Obama’s approval/disapproval rating remains troubling for the Democrats. Missourians rate Obama 44%-52%.
Mitt Romney’s approval/disapproval rating is not much better, at 38%-50. Romney’s approval rating among Republicans, not surprisingly, has increased substantially since January when the nomination was very much in doubt.
The survey also measured the impact of Romney taking a prominent Missouri politician as a running mate.
Former Missouri Senator John Danforth performs the best in the survey’s imaginary tickets:

Obama-Biden………………………………………….. 44%
Romney-Danforth ……………………………………. 43%
Undecided………………………………………………. 12%
With Senator Roy Blunt on the GOP ticket:

Obama-Biden………………………………………….. 46%
Romney-Blunt …………………………………………. 43%
Undecided………………………………………………. 11%

With former Senator John Ashcroft on the ticket:

Obama-Biden………………………………………….. 47%
Romney-Ashcroft …………………………………….. 43%
Undecided………………………………………………. 10%

None of the three Republicans has been mentioned much as a potential Romney running mate.
Danforth, however, was apparently under very serious consideration as George W. Bush’s 2000 running mate. President Bush selected Dick Cheney to run with him that year and they were elected.
The survey was conducted last week. It was an automated telephone poll of 602 Missouri voters.

GOP senate Field to Schweich: Bring It On
March 8, 2012

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich is considering US Senate campaign

Congressman Todd Akin’s Senate campaign’s ‘Hi-nice-to-see-ya’ greeting to someone it’s really not nice to see, sums it up.
“We welcome a healthy and robust campaign this season”, is the statement from Akin’s spokesman Ryan Hite.
A source close to the potential Schweich campaign says the first term auditor gave the green light to let supports move toward forming a 527 political group for the GOP Senate primary.
St. Louis businessman John Brunner and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman of Rolla are competing to take on incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has
More cash on hand than all three chines, according
To the latest federal reports. McCaskill, however is still considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents of the 2012 cycle.
“What’s better than two guys from St. Lois running against Sarah? Three guys from St. Louis running against Sarah”, mused one long time campaign hand who has been through several statewide efforts”, according to ‘Politico’.
The article also says former GOP senator John Danforth is supportive of Schweich exploration of the race. Danforth encouraged Schweich to get into state politics two years ago.
The ‘Politico’ report claims Schweich could do the most damage to the campaign of John Brunner.
“john Brunner is absolutely,, unequivocally in this race to stay; intends to be the nominee; and is fully focused on defeating Claire McCaskill in November”, Brunner campaign manager Jon Seaton told POLITICO.

Cheney Says Missouri’s Danforth Was Bush 43’s Other VP Choice
August 29, 2011

(John Danforth, file photo-Americans for Truth)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney confirms a piece of Missouri political lore in his new book.

Cheney writes the choice of nominee George W Bush’s s 2000 running mate came down to him, and former Missouri Senator John Danforth.

In a story in ‘Politico’ on the inside baseball elements of Cheney’s career the article says, “Cheney writes, Bush’s choice of a running mate came down to the man running his search and former Sen. John (R-Mo.). Cheney tipped off the press that he was a potential choice when he returned to Wyoming to re-register there as a voter.

I have always suspected that Pete Williams had a source in the Teton County clerk’s office that he shared with his colleague Lisa Myers, because shortly after I registered to vote, she ran it as breaking news on NBC,” writes Cheney.

He also adds a nugget about what Washington parlor life is like when you’re on ‘the outside’, as Cheney was that year. He was an executive in the private sector and out of government.

He job that year was to vent the potential running mates for the Bush campaign.

At a 4th of July Party 2000:

“Washington is a funny place when you’re out of power, and that, added to the fact that we had a couple of grandchildren with us, meant that no one rushed to join our little group – except for Bob Woodward,” Cheney recalls. “The famed Washington Post reporter brought his plate over, sat down beside me, and after some preliminary small talk, proceeded to pump me up for information about the VP search process and who the pick might be. His instincts were right – there was a big story here – but none of his speculation was focused on me, and I felt no need to broaden his horizons.”
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