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Ashcroft, Danforth, Kinder headlining statewide tour for Schweich

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is leading a host of prominent Missouri Republicans, past and present, who are headlining a Sept. 27 statewide blitz of fundraising events on behalf of GOP state auditor nominee Tom Schweich.

Schweich said today he hopes to raise $500,000 over the day, which includes a breakfast in Kansas City, a lunch in Springfield, Mo., and dinner in St. Louis.

In St. Louis, at least, the big-name lineup is to include: retired Sen. John C. Danforth, former Sen. Jim Talent, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, former state Auditor Margaret Kelly (the last Republican to hold the job). If there are no key congressional votes on Sept. 27, U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, are also slated to participate.

The St. Louis hosts: William H. T. "Bucky" Bush (uncle and brother of former presidents), top GOP donor Sam Fox and former ambassador to Hungary Bert Walker (Stifel-Nicolaus chief and a Bush relative).

Schweich says the all-day, big-name blitz is to highlight the importance that Republicans are placing on defeating state Auditor Susan Montee, a Democrat. Gov. Jay Nixon has been helping her raise money.

"This shows a real strong effort," Schweich said.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.

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