Missouri auditor’s spokesman also kills himself – Columbus Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Slightly more than a month after Tom Schweich, Missouri’s auditor and a
candidate for governor, took his own life, Spence Jackson, a longtime Republican spokesman who
worked for Schweich, appears to have done the same.

In a statement Monday, the Jefferson City Police Department said officers found Jackson dead on
Sunday night in the bedroom of his home, only miles from the state Capitol.

A police spokesman, Capt. Doug Shoemaker, said Jackson, 44, died of “an apparent self-inflicted
gunshot wound.” An autopsy will be conducted, Shoemaker said, but investigators were treating
Jackson’s death as a suicide.

Jackson was found with a .357 Magnum revolver and a single spent round, although police had no
record of him owning a gun.

Shoemaker said police found a note at Jackson’s home but would not release its contents.

Jackson had been one of the many Republican players involved in the saga surrounding his former
boss’ suicide. Schweich died in late February after shooting himself at his home in suburban St.

Schweich’s supporters have argued that a brutal campaign for governor — accompanied by what
Schweich, an Episcopalian, believed to be an anti-Semitic attack against him led by John Hancock,
chairman of the Missouri Republican Party — contributed to his death.

Hancock has denied the allegations, but Jackson, just moments after Schweich’s funeral, was one
of the first to call for his resignation as chairman.

Jackson, who served as a spokesman for Schweich, had held a similar role for former Gov. Matt
Blunt, also a Republican.


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