Tom Schwiech died this afternoon of a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. Schwiech was a rising star in conservative and grassroots circles in Missouri and doing, what most would describe, as a great job as Missouri State Auditor. He also recently declared himself a candidate in the Republican Primary for Governor in 2016 running against Republican, Katherine Hanaway.
AP and CBS News, as well as Star Tribune posted a time line of events known before his alleged suicide. Star Tribune has taken the story down but Daily Headlines has screenshots from the CBS News article.
“Schweich called The Associated Press at 9:16 a.m. Thursday inviting an AP reporter to his home for a 2:30 p.m. interview and noting that a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch also had been invited. An AP reporter spoke with Schweich by phone again at 9:35 a.m. to discuss the upcoming interview.
Schweich’s office released a routine audit of the Department of Corrections at 10 a.m. Then at 11:18 a.m., the auditor’s office said in a statement that Schweich had been taken to a hospital. Schweich’s office confirmed his death about two hours later.”
It is interesting to note that Schwiech called, at 9:16 a.m., two news outlets and scheduled interviews for later in the afternoon in anticipation of an audit to be released at 10:00 a.m. And shortly after 11:00 a.m. the auditor’s offices released a statement announcing he was taken to the hospital.
UPDATE: 11:05 p.m.: The St. Louis Post Dispatch published the audio of a voicemail left by Schweich inviting reporters to his home, this afternoon. There doesn’t seem to be any desperation in his voice, nor does there seem to be any sense urgency.
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