Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich unveiled his campaign team for this fall’s re-election bid, which includes many of the biggest names in Missouri Republican politics and signals his campaign strength for a likely bid for governor in 2016.
Schweich’s list of team members Former U.S. Sens. John C. Danforth and Jim Talent, who will jointly serve as honorary chairmen. Sam Fox, a Clayton business magnate and one of the most prominent Republican donors in Missouri, will serve as finance chairman.
“Most, if not all of them, are interested in something more than him being re-elected as auditor,” Danforth said. “He is the obvious choice as our candidate for governor.”
Schweich is releasing the list just a day after a fellow Republican, former state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, officially confirmed that she’s running for governor in 2016 — setting the stage for a likely primary battle with Schweich.