Tom Schweich’s Suicide Exposes Bigotry: MSNBC


Thomas A. “Tom” Schweich (October 2, 1960 – February 26, 2015) served as State Auditor of Missouri and was a member of the Republican Party. He was previously given the rank of Ambassador by President George W. Bush, according to Wikipedia.

In 2015, Schweich announced he would run for Governor of Missouri in the 2016 election.  He committed suicide on February 26, 2015.  He died from a gunshot wound, according to Wikipedia.

Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth denounced the ugly nature of American politics Tuesday while eulogizing Missouri Auditor and potential gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich. He suggested that political bullying and an anti-Semitic “whisper campaign” led his friend to kill himself, according to the AP.

Danforth expressed “overwhelming anger that politics has gone so hideously wrong” as he spoke at a memorial service that drew many of Missouri’s elected officials and hundreds of others to the Episcopal church that Schweich had attended in suburban St. Louis.

Schweich had been “accused” of being Jewish by fellow politicians, and he had been talking to several people about it just prior to his suicide.

Is there anti-semitism in Missouri?

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