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Death and Politics: Did a Vicious Campaign Drive a Candidate to Suicide?posted on March 7, 2016
At Rolling Stone, Andy Kroll reports on the events that ended with the suicide of politician Tom Schweich during the race for Missouri governor. “[T]he incidents, real or perceived, that preoccupied him at the time were well-known among his inner circle: That the chairman of the Missouri Republican Party had led an anti-Semitic ‘whisper campaign’ against him; that Rex Sinquefield was bankrolling his opponents to scare him out of the governor’s race,” Kroll writes. Kroll also interviewed John Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri and Schweich’s mentor, who is also the namesake of the Danforth Center that publishes this journal.