Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder announced his endorsement of Schweich in a morning press release sent out by the former U.S. ambassador.
Kinder's endorsement of Schweich is no surprise. He was one of the leaders who helped engineer the deal that pushed Schweich out of the U.S. Senate race against Roy Blunt and into the state auditor race. Schweich hinted he'd be receiving some high-level endorsements during his campaign kick-off last week.
"Tom is a patriot who has served the American people uncovering the truth in the Waco Investigation, rooting out waste and fraud at the United Nations, and fighting drug trafficking, money laundering, and corrupt regimes around the world," Kinder said in the endorsement statement. "He is fiscal conservative, respected author on financial responsibility and a rarity, in that he will be the impartial voice Missouri taxpayers deserve in the auditor’s office. I know Tom will be tenacious in rooting out waste, fraud and abuse, working everyday to protect taxpayers," Kinder went on.
On the same day Schweich announced his own candidacy, Icet released the names of more than 80 state lawmakers who have signed on to back him.
Kinder's endorsement confirms the divide within the elected Republican establishment over the race for state auditor.
"I am honored that the top ranking Republican in Missouri state government has chosen to endorse my campaign for state auditor," Schweich said. "The Lt. Governor is an accomplished patriot who has taken the time to speak with me about my qualifications and fiscal conservatism, and his vote of confidence is very encouraging," Schweich added.