Skip to comments.Tom Schweich, Missouri auditor and candidate for governor, dies in apparent suicide
Posted on 02/26/2015 1:27:39 PM PST by Nachum
ST. LOUIS Tom Schweich, Missouri's Republican state auditor and a leading contender for the governor's office in next year's election, has died, according to his office.
Earlier in the day, a police source said Schweich had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The police source said Schweich's wife was in another room of their house when she heard her husband making phone calls, followed by a single gunshot.
He was 54.
His death was confirmed by his office early Thursday afternoon, just hours after Schweich had requested an interview with reporters for the Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press at his Clayton home later in the day.
Before that interview could take place, Schweich was taken to a St. Louis-area hospital, for what his office initially described only as "a medical situation" that occurred at his home.
"He is receiving treatment at a local hospital," the earlier statement said. "We ask for respect and privacy for him and his family during this time."
Later on Thursday, spokesman Spence Jackson issued a written statement: "It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich today. Please keep in mind his wife Kathy and two children." The statement didn't specify a cause of death.
Political leaders from both parties immediately began issuing written condolences.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon called him "a brilliant, devoted and accomplished public servant who dedicated his career to making Missouri and the world a better place." Nixon ordered flags at all state facilities lowered to half-staff.
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Very sad. Prayers up for his family as they deal with this trajedy.
If this truly is a suicide, he did in a way (doing it in another room while his wife was home) that was hurtful to his wife. It must have been terrible for her to be the one to see this, “in the raw”, first.
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Schweich served as chief of staff to the next two ambassadors to the United Nations, Anne W. Patterson and John R. Bolton.
In 2005, Schweich became the second-highest ranking and then highest-ranking international law enforcement official in the U.S. State Department as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Acting Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
On January 28, 2015, Schweich announced he would run for Governor of Missouri, setting up a Republican primary with former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway.
On Feb. 26, 2015.. shot dead due to a ‘self-inflicted gunshot wound’.
Who can say what passes through the mind of a suicidal person. A dear friend of mine, doing well in a new job up in Green Bay, took his own life unexpectedly. There had been signs of depression and a couple of bouts with alcoholism which we all thought were behind him.
Sad, sad, sad...
Requested press, then did suicide instead. Wonder what was going to be released? Was suicide the easier course? Sad.
I wonder if we’ll ever know the realreason.
Was he threatened? Was he being black-mailed?
Wonder who he was talking to.
Wonder if that is the correct story.
“His death was confirmed by his office early Thursday afternoon, just hours after Schweich had requested an interview with reporters for the Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press at his Clayton home later in the day.”
What was he going to say or confess?
Interesting take on this man. -
‘How to Define Tom Schweich With One Word’
A politician for sale doesnt address disagreements head-on the way Tom does..
“What was he going to say or confess?”
And why was it worth his life?
Of possible interest.
Apparently, one of the most dangerous jobs in Missouri is running for Governor...
He was a short, balding, banty rooster of a man, full of confidence and smart as a whip when it came to the law.
He could have been our next governor. What a waste.
“just hours after Schweich had requested an interview with reporters for the Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press at his Clayton home later in the day.”
Not suggesting anything, but not ruling it out, either.
Sad for his family....
Time will tell.........
that's the money line right there.
350 miles from Little Rock...hmmmmmmm
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