ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The public may never know what Tom Schweich was going to tell reporters on the day of his death. Schweich had indicated he was bothered by what he felt were anti-Semitic comments made by Missouri State Republican Party Chairman John Hancock.
Hancock appears with Michael Kelley on Sunday mornings on Fox 2.
Our news department was scheduled to tape this weekend’s edition of ‘Hancock and Kelley’ Friday afternoon. Elliot Weiler, who hosts the show, was preparing to ask about Schweich’s allegations.
However, out of respect for the late auditor, Hancock and Kelley cancelled the taping.
Hancock has become part of the story because, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Schweich believed he was the target of a whisper campaign to spread disinformation about his religion, orchestrated by Hancock himself.
Hancock flatly denies those allegations.
In an email sent to members of the Republican State Committee on Friday, Hancock wrote:
“I would like to set the record straight, once and for all: until recently, I mistakenly believed that Tom Schweich was Jewish, but it was simply a part of what I believed to be his biography…no different than the fact that he was from St. Louis and had graduated from Harvard law school. While I do not recall doing so, it is possible that I mentioned Tom’s faith in passing during one of the many conversations I have each day.
‘‘There was absolutely nothing malicious about my intent, and I certainty was not attempting to 'inject religion' into the governor`s race, as some have suggested (in fact, I have never met with donors or raised money on behalf of the Hanaway campaign).”
'Hancock and Kelley' will not air on Sunday morning, but will return the following week.