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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Police say that Missouri Auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich died after injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday. The Republican won re-election to a second term last November. He just announced that he would be running for Missouri Governor a month ago.

The race for the highest office in Missouri may be in 2016 but the political attack ads have already started. Citizens For Fairness just started this radio ad comparing Schweich to Barney Fife. The ad also calls Schweich weak, corrupt and easily manipulated.

The transcript from the ad reads:

“Elections have consequences. Tom Schweich, like him? No. Is he a weak candidate for governor? Absolutely, just look at him. He could be easily confused for the deputy sheriff of Mayberry.

But, more importantly, he can be manipulated. That’s why Sen. Claire McCaskill and Pres. Obama enlisted my help to meddle in another Republican primary with Schweich as our pawn. Schweich and McCaskill are tied at the hip. Schweich even gave money to McCaskill’s campaign.

Schweich is an obviously weaker opponent against Democrat Chris Koster. Once Schweich obtains the Republican nomination, we will quickly squash him like a bug that he is and put our candidate, Chris Koster in the governor’s mansion.”