It's been more than a week since Missouri gubernatorial candidate and state auditor Tom Schweich (R) took his own life, but the state's political community is no closer to understanding what truly prompted the tragedy.
Schweich was reportedly planning to go public the same day that he died with allegations that the state Republican Party chairman, John Hancock, had been spreading misinformation about his religion. Some political figures have since demanded that Hancock resign his post over what Schweich believed was an anti-Semitic "whisper campaign" designed to hobble his support among evangelical Christian primary voters.
Hancock's supporters say he's no anti-Semite and argue there's no evidence of a "whisper campaign," though. Hancock's radio co-host, Democratic consultant Michael Kelly, put it this way in a call to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter: "Anyone who rushes to the conclusions that are being drawn here is not thinking about the issues that surround a person's decision to commit suicide.”
We may never know exactly what pushed Schweich over the edge to suicide, but those who knew him have said he was extremely distressed about the alleged whisper campaign.
Here's a timeline of the major events that occurred in the nasty Republican gubernatorial primary before Schweich's death and the finger-pointing that followed.
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