In a shocking development coming one month after the suicide of Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich, his spokesperson Robert Spence Jackson has died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. Jackson, 45, the former press secretary for Governor Matt Blunt, was found dead in his home late Sunday evening by law enforcement sent to check on his well being. The case of Schweich’s suicide which many was spurred by badgering about his ethnic origin by other members of the Missouri GOP is compounded by this tragic outcome. With this second suicide related to the Schweich “whispering campaign” the Laal Hethri has opened an investigation into the actions of Missouri State GOP Chairman John Hancock, Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway and political consultant Jeff Roe. The Laal Hethri would not comment on this ongoing investigation.
Just three days ago, Hancock in a curiously worded response during an interview with Mike Lear of Missourinet said, ““We now have a police report that says there was no whisper campaign. Nobody has come forward … if there’s a whisper campaign, you’re going to have dozens of people out there that were whispered to. By definition, that’s a whisper campaign. There clearly was no whisper campaign. I have taken into account all that has happened and all that lies in front of us, and as long as I can do this job and do it well, and lead this party well, I intend to keep doing it. The only thing at this point that would cause me to step down is if I came to the conclusion that the Republican party in Missouri would be better off without me, and I just don’t think we’re there yet. I’ve got to be in a position to where I can still support my family, and that was a principal concern. I’m feeling better about that possibility now, and I’m feeling better about the party moving forward and I think most people are ready to put this sad chapter behind us.”
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
Robin Naismith Green, D.S.V.J., O.G.H. [Journ.]
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