JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Former U.S. Senator John “Jack” Danforth, who delivered a powerful homily at the funeral of late state auditor Tom Schweich calling on a better class of campaigning in Missouri, appears to be backing Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s bid for governor in 2016.
Danforth made waves in Missouri earlier this spring when the former senator and longtime Schweich ally delivered a blistering homily at Schweich’s funeral service following the Republican auditor’s shocking suicide. Danforth, at the time, blasted Missouri politics for becoming particularly cruel, personal, and mean-spirited.
Yesterday, Danforth wrote a check for $10,000 to Friends of Peter Kinder, the campaign committee supporting Kinder’s bid. Kinder was one of several candidates to enter the race following Schweich’s death that cited the incident as a contributing factor in their decision. Kinder cited the need for cleaner politics and less division among Republicans when he announced his entrance into the race earlier this summer.
Kinder is challenging fellow Republicans former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, Sen. Bob Dixon, and businessman John Brunner, who is expected to announce his campaign in the coming months. Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL and author, is also expected to announce a full campaign later this year.
Collin Reischman was the Managing Editor for The Missouri Times, and a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.