Missouri political suicides: Spence Jackson, Tom Schweich both apparently took own lives.

Aide to Missouri Politician Who Committed Suicide Is Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Aide to Missouri Politician Who Committed Suicide Is Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

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March 30 2015 5:27 PM

Aide to Missouri Politician Who Committed Suicide Is Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

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Schweich in 2006.

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An upsetting story out of Missouri: A former aide to a political figure named Tom Schweich—who died Feb. 26 in an apparent suicide—has been found dead in what is also thought to have been a suicide. Spence Jackson, 44, was the media director for Schweich, a former Bush administration official and state auditor who was "a frontrunner," per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, to be the Republican party's nominee in the 2016 Missouri governor's race.

Schweich and Jackson were both recently involved in a strange scandal involving allegations of an "anti-Semitic 'whisper campaign'" against Schweich perpetrated by fellow Missouri Republican John Hancock. Schweich was not, in fact, Jewish.