March 7, 2015 3:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]Missouri auditor Tim Schweich was upset about remarks that he perceived as anti-Semitic when word came out that he had Jewish ancestry.

Schweich had Jewish ancestry but was Christian and attended an Episcopal church just down the street from his home in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton…

On Feb. 23, Schweich told an Associated Press reporter that he believed the new chairman of the Missouri Republican Party — John Hancock — had mentioned to people in an off-handed way last year that Schweich was Jewish. Schweich said he considered the comments anti-Semitic and was so upset about them that he had knots in his stomach. He said he wanted to hold a press conference about it the next day.

Hancock has denied making anti-Semitic remarks, though he has acknowledged that he may have told some people that Schweich was Jewish because he mistakenly believed that was true. Hancock declined to comment Thursday about the circumstances of Schweich’s death.

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

14 responses to Report: Missouri Auditor Fatally Shot Himself Over Rumors About His Religion

  1. rg9rts March 7th, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    It say a lot about the America we live in …where your choice of religion is enough of a reason to kill yourself. Sad …just sad

    • whatthe46 March 7th, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      it also stands to reason why it should never be a part of our government. it should never be seen as a criteria to govern. no one should ever be questioned about his/her faith as when running for political office as apparently it means if you don’t believe in mine, you aren’t worthy. and this man kills himself because his is questioned, is super crazy.

  2. GreatLakeSailor March 7th, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I have little doubt that he was right, that merely having Jewish ancestry is enough for a Right Wing Fascist to lose support from his fellow Right Wing Fascists. They’ll jet across the country when summoned by Sheldon “Hover-Round” Adelson, and get on their knees and take his money, do his Oligarch bidding, but actually BEING Jewish!!1!1! AHHH!!!1! Now you’ve crossed the line!!1!

    Quite telling. Sad. Disturbing and telling.

  3. arc99 March 7th, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    From the party that made such a grand show of genuflecting before Benjamin Netanyahu, we see that in the real world of their electoral politics, being Jewish according to some in the party makes you unfit to hold elective office.

    That fact can speak for itself on the topic of what the Republican party actually stands for.

    • tracey marie March 7th, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      they only liked netanyahu because it was a way to show disrespect to President Obama

      • jybarz March 7th, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        Spot on!

  4. thinkingwomanmillstone March 7th, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Why would you want to join a party where rumors of Jewish ancestry, let alone being Jewish, is a detriment to your political career? I guess it wasn’t psychologically damaging to belong to it when your party was just bashing Obama because his father was Muslim.

  5. Mike N. March 7th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    It’s TOM Schweich… and the radio ad was the worst, but it seems he was particularly upset about the anti-semitism.

    Radio ad here:

    (“Citizens for Fairness” is a republican group)

  6. jybarz March 7th, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Why would one kill himself over an allegation, even if it’s true? If everyone follows his way, there won’t be many alive.

    • Aielyn March 7th, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Sadly, those who would consider suicide usually aren’t thinking rationally about things. But besides that, it’s not the allegation itself, but the attitude of people to the allegation (not the belief that he was jewish, but the anti-semitic sentiment that went along with it) that is likely the catalyst for his suicide.

    • Dwendt44 March 8th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Those that opposed Thomas Jefferson for president spread rumors, and editorials a plenty that he was an(secret) Atheist. He won anyway.

    • fahvel March 9th, 2015 at 5:23 am

      but considering the reasoning, maybe it’s not a bad thing.

  7. spacegod March 8th, 2015 at 9:35 am

    And there’s so many despicable people we could hate instead of the Jews.
    I don’t understand it.

    • Dwendt44 March 8th, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Conservatives need somebody to hate, it’s in their blood it seems. It’s one of the founding principles of conservatism. Ardent nationalism requires an enemy of some sort. Preferably an external one, but failing that, an internal one will suffice.