Politicians react to the death of Missouri state auditor
By Daniel Fredman
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Reaction from federal and state politicians from Missouri about Thursday's death of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor:
"I join all Missourians in mourning the passing of State Auditor Tom Schweich, a brilliant, devoted and accomplished public servant who dedicated his career to making Missouri and the world a better place. From his courageous work to combat the illegal drug trade abroad in Afghanistan to his tireless efforts to protect the interests of taxpayers here in Missouri, Tom Schweich's exceptional intellect and unwavering dedication to public service left a legacy that will endure for many years to come. The first lady and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Tom's wife, Kathy, and two children, Emilie and Thomas Jr."
-- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Democrat.
"I am very sad, and hurt so much for Tom Schweich's family. He was a good man, and a dedicated public servant, who served our country in so many capacities with distinction and honor. Hug those you love."
-- U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat.
"Tom was very smart, very capable, outstanding at his job, and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy, their children, and the rest of Tom's friends and family as they deal with this tragic loss."
-- U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican.
"I am in utter shock at the news of Tom Schweich's tragic passing. Tom will be remembered as a tenacious, energetic, effective elected official who worked tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of this state and this nation. I ask all Missourians to join me in praying for Tom's family."
-- John Hancock, Missouri Republican Party chairman.
"The death of Auditor Tom Schweich is devastating news for his family and all Missourians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schweich family during this tragic time."
-- Roy Temple, Missouri Democratic Party chairman.
"Tom Schweich was a lifelong public servant for our state and country. I am deeply saddened by his sudden loss, and extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family. I ask all Missourians to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
-- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Democrat.
"It is with a heavy heart that I send my thoughts and prayers to the Schweich family during this difficult time. Tom served his state and country admirably, and fought strongly for his values. With his passing, Missouri has lost a devoted public servant. He will be missed."
-- Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, Democrat.