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Hulshof endorses Icet in GOP auditor battle; Ashcroft hits the phones for Schweich

Republican state auditor candidate Allen Icet has just rolled out an endorsement from former U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Columbia, who made an unsuccessful GOP for governor in 2008.

Hulshof praised Icet's experience as chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee.

"Allen has worked tirelessly in his effort to produce balanced budgets," said Hulshof in the release. "I have no doubt Allen's experience and discipline in fiscal matters will serve the state well when he becomes Missouri's next financial watchdog."

More from the release:

"Hulshof also praised Icet's conservative principles.

" 'With Allen you're getting a tried and true conservative who is on the right side of issues ranging from the sanctity of life to Second Amendment rights to the belief that government money does not belong to the government - but to the taxpayers....' "

Icet is competing against St. Louis lawyer Tom Schweich, a former member of the Bush administration, in next Tuesday's GOP primary. The victor will face state Auditor Susan Montee, a Democrat, in November.

Although Icet has endorsements from most of the GOP members of the Legislature, Schweich has obtained most of the endorsements from the state's big-name Republicans, including former Sen. John Danforth, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Later today, Schweich announced that he is launching robo-calls featuring Ashcroft.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.

Jo Mannies is a freelance journalist and former political reporter at St. Louis Public Radio.