GOP candidate for Auditor Tom Schweich picked up the endorsements of five State Senators Thursday, including Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields.
"He impresses the hell out of people with his qualifications, his commitment to public service and his solid fiscally conservative credentials," said Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, an early backer of Schweich's candidacy.
State Senators Brad Lager, R-Savannah; Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City; Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia; Bill Stouffer, R-Napton; and Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph all endorsed Schweich Thursday.
SEN. LAGER: “As a former Budget Chairman and a fiscal conservative, I believe that now more than ever we need common sense conservative leaders in public service. Tom follows these guiding conservative financial principles in his personal life and I am confident that he will bring these much needed principles to the auditor's office."
SEN. SCHAEFER: "I know what it’s like to run against an incumbent in an uphill battle and win," said Sen. Schaefer. I believe Tom has the tenacity, experience and drive to do the same in 2010. He is the best candidate for the job and for Missourians.”
Schweich is battling GOP House Budget Chair Allen Icet for the right to take on Democratic Auditor Susan Montee next year.
According to Icet's website, he has the endorsement of four State Senators, including Sen. Jim Lembke, Sen. Jason Crowell, Sen. Luann Ridgeway and Sen. John Griesheimer.