I’d expected to vote for Tom Schweich for Missouri governor in 2016…
Although I had met Schweich only briefly, I knew his likely Democratic opponent, Chris Koster, halfway well, and I liked the contrast: dweeby straight arrow vs. blow-dried sleazeball.
I was convinced that Koster had changed parties a few years back because he had too much personal baggage to run for statewide office as a Republican.
Yes, Virgina, Republicans do face more media scrutiny.
Doubt me? Ask Scott Walker. Ask Sam Brownback.
But there was much I didn’t know about Schweich,
Missouri State Auditor for the last four years. One very close associate described him as “high strung and thin skinned,” in this case a lethal combination for a gubernatorial candidate in what promised to be a difficult election.
Schweich did not see the political advantage in his own obvious lack of charisma. I’m told that a recent radio ad comparing him to Barney Fife wounded him deeply.
Schweich had another weakness.
As an establishment guy with a great Ivy resume and years of Washington experience, he understood Missouri’s Republican base no better than does his mentor, the increasingly out-of-touch John Danforth. Continue reading