A group of Missouri state senators backed Thomas Schweich's bid for state auditor today.
In addition to nabbing the support of Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, Schweich was endorsed by Sens. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, and Bill Stouffer, R-Napton.
The new release included a quote from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder that actually contained very, very, very light profanity.
"He impresses the hell out of people with his qualifications, his commitment to public service and his solid fiscally conservative credentials," said Kinder in his statement. "His campaign is succeeding because he is convincing people he is the right person to protect our hard earned tax dollars."
Schaefer alluded to his upset win over then-Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, in his statement backing Schweich.
“I know what it’s like to run against an incumbent in an uphill battle and win," said Schaefer. "I believe Tom has the tenacity, experience and drive to do the same in 2010. He is the best candidate for the job and for Missourians.”
Worth noting is both Schaefer and Schweich have been supported in the past by former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, R-Missouri. Danforth headlined a fundraiser last year for Schaefer's Senate campaign. He also has been seen as one of Schweich's key supporters.
In some ways, the GOP primary for auditor has some commonality with the 2006 campaign. A number of state senators endorsed state Sen. John Loudon's auditor bid, while a number of state House members backed state Rep. Jack Jackson, R-Wildwood. Both were defeated by then-Platte County Auditor Sandra Thomas.
But it's also worth noting that House Budget Chairman Allen Icet, R-Wildwood, has been endorsed by Sens. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville, and John Griesheimer, R-Washington. So the Senate-House split is not absolute.
The winner of the GOP primary will face state Auditor Susan Montee, the Democratic incumbent.