GOP donor backs claims of Missouri auditor who shot himself

3 years 6 months 1 day ago Thursday, March 19 2015 Mar 19, 2015 Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:00:19 PM CDT March 19, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A prominent Republican donor says the Missouri Republican Party chairman had made negative comments about the religion of a state auditor who later killed himself.

David Humphreys released a signed affidavit Thursday saying GOP Chairman John Hancock told him in November that Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich was Jewish. It's the first time anyone has publicly attested to hearing such comments.

Schweich fatally shot himself Feb. 26, a month after declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor. The shooting occurred just minutes after Schweich told The Associated Press he wanted to go public with allegations that Hancock had made anti-Semitic remarks about him.

Schweich had Jewish ancestry but attended an Episcopal church.

Hancock has said he can't recall telling people Schweich was Jewish but that it's possible he did.

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