THE DEATH OF MISSOURI GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE TOM SCHWEICH
Normally, I try to avoid commentary on the American political scene, largely because this website has a fairly sizeable foreign readership, but also because there's not much to say about a political culture in which every race between Republithugs and Dummycrooks can be boiled down to a race between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. It's about as exciting as watching the paint dry or the grass grow. But this one caught my eye, and I have to talk about it, for the simple reason that something here is not quite right. On Feb 27, RT reported that one of the Republican party's key gubernatorial candidates in the U.S. state of Missouri, the state auditor Tom Schweich, was dead of an apparent suicide:
Missouri governor candidate dead in apparent suicide
What intrigued me here were the beginnings of the "cover story" that surrounded this, as is evident from these remarks in the RT article:
"Just seven minutes before a 911 call was made from his home, Schweich had left a message with the Post-Dispatch requesting an interview. The interview was set to focus on what Schweich believed were attempts by the state’s Republican Party chairman, John Hancock, to spread misinformation about his Jewish heritage.
"Schweich was an Episcopalian, though he did have a Jewish grandfather and said he was proud of his heritage. He was reportedly set to claim that Hancock was telling potential donors that he was Jewish in an effort undermine his campaign effort. Hancock denies the allegation."
Now, beyond the allegations of racial and religious prejudice lying in the background, note that Schweich apparently scheduled a press interview less than ten minutes from the time the 911 call was made from his home after his apparent suicide. So, does a man planning to give a press interview suddenly change his mind and commit suicide seven minutes later? Maybe, but I think not.
Then came this analysis from Mother Jones:
What We Know About the Mysterious Suicide of Missouri Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Schweich
Now, as a perusal of the Mother Jones article makes clear, the "hidden reasons" run to racial and religious prejudice, and hear is where, to my mind, things start becoming incomprehensible, if not ridiculous. THe story is that Schweich was fearful of his Jewish heritage perhaps being used as a political smear against him by his opponents, capitalizing on some inbred "rural Missouri prejudice" against Jews or people with some Jewish ancestry. Maybe that is, or is not true, but having been through most of the rural areas of Missouri at one time or another throughout most of my life, I can't recall any impression that the whole state - outside of Kansis City, St. Louis, and Springfield - were bastions or cesspools of virulent anti-Jewishness. Would such elements exist in some backwaters in that state? Sure, probably. Just as they would in any place in the country. But as a matter of such concern that a political candidate would fear for this reason? Schweich may have told the reporters this was his concern, but I'm not buying. Maybe he told them that as a cover story, to obtain the interview, when the real story that he wanted to talk about was something he couldn't talk about on the always-watched emails and always-listened-to phone lines.
Nor am I buying the "fear of evangelical Christian backlash" against him if it should be an issue. Granted, some evangelicals would make it an issue, but to the extent of being a major issue by all evangelicals? Again, I think not. If anything, evangelicals would be more skeptical of Mr. Schweich's membership in the quasi-Catholic looking and theologically liberal Episcopal church, than they would be inclined to make an issue of his grandfather's Jewishness; and besides, becuase of their "Israel" fixation, many evangelicals know that Jewishness is traced, not through fathers, but through mothers.
In short, this whole attention to the religion/race thing seems to me to be a tempest in a teapot, a much-ado-about nothing whatsoever, and an attempt to cloak and distract attention from whatever might really be going on in the Schweich "suicide." I have no evidence to support this view nor my suspicions and intuitions, other than my difficulties with the race-religion theories noted above, and to point out one rather obvious and overlooked possibility of where the real reasons why Mr Schweich was suicided really lie: he was the state auditor: he oversaw the state's account books. And in a culture where certain central banks are refusing to give various countries their gold reserves, where banks are too big to fail and their banksters are too big to jail, where there have been curious bearer bonds scandals that are quickly hushed up, where there are bailout schemes with banksters nervously insisting that they cannot have any governmental oversite... in a culture like that, the murder-by-suicide of a state auditor who happens to be a candidate for governor, is likely not to be about race or religion.
See you on the flip side...
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The phone call free willy mentions must be recorded by someone ,state or federal so perhaps its possible to verify the accuracy.
Vincent called Martha Fitz, a Danforth aide and friend of the Schweichs, expressing concern about Schweich’s emotional state. Fitz called Schweich’s wife, Kathy, and left a voicemail.
Meanwhile, Schweich called Messenger and an Associated Press reporter, hoping to make arrangements to meet with reporters at his home at 2:30 p.m. that day.
At about the time Schweich made those calls, Kathy Schweich returned Fitz’s call. The two talked, then Tom Schweich picked up the phone.
“He spoke solely about his outrage concerning the rumors that were being spread about his religion and how he should respond to those rumors,” Fitz said in her statement. “I told him I thought it was best to let others stand up for him. He then threatened to kill himself.”
Schweich handed the phone back to his wife, Fitz wrote. “Seconds later, I heard Kathy say, ‘He shot himself!’”
Missouri’s auditor had vowed to take down the state’s most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month.
Tom Schweich had vowed to bring a never-before-seen “level of intensity, tenacity, transparency, and rigor” in a quest to root out “rampant corruption in Jefferson City.”
He said his audits exposed more than 30 “corrupt government officials” who allegedly stole taxpayer money. But his promised gubernatorial campaign against corruption had barely begun.
I cannot find a follow up story about the results of the autopsy.
With all of those Christian Zionists there in Missouri, I doubt a Jewish Grandfather is going to kill any support politically. This, as you say, does not pass the straight face test or smell test.
Well, a quick look at wikipedia tells us that he was part of corporate lawyer-ocracy – his firm has worked for Monster-santo which has its headquarters in St. Louis – and a big shot for the International Bureau of Narcotics…. Who could be better placed to know about the hidden financial system? A cherry on the cake: he was part of the Waco investigation. Mind control, anybody?
You caught the Monsanto thing too.
As the State Auditor, he’d would have known where all the CAFR (Consolidated Annual Financial Report) funds were, a la Walter Burien. Walter’s expose on how $T in MIA pension funds and other hidden State investment income, were accumulated over the decades and then used to purchase real assets all over the globe during Mr. Global’s big push in the 90’s. The recent $USD rise, was allegedly accomplished when CAFR overseas fund purchased assets were sold off in native currencies and the PTB then just purchased oodles of dollars. Sending the Dollar index thru the roof.. Which echoes George Carlin’s allegations that “They (the Big Club) owns everything of importance.” So, my SWAG is, there may have been a percieved threat of transparency.
Now it back to the old days if Tom Schweich was a auditor of banks in Missouri. He became a target like bank managers for strange accidents and suicides. Economic-Political corruption is deeper than we think in the United States of Assassination and Corruption.
Oh in the long run it has everything to do with race and religion… The death of them both that it.
In a culture where the chair of the federal reserve feels the economy is strong but that the “data just isn’t cooperating”..
And where the secretary of defense says “we cannot assure that the counter isil campaign will be completed in 3 years”. Enough said.
He was going to speak truth to power.
That doesn’t get ink.
It gets “suicide”.
But what powers does the Missouri state auditor have?
I suspect for example that state office has nothing to do with say auditing the Saint Louis branch of the Federal Reserve.