The father of the modern Missouri Republican Party has made his pick for governor.
Former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth this week donated $10,000 to three-term Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
The contribution was made Monday, according to the state Ethics Commission, which tracks campaign checks.
Danforth remains influential just because of his long career in Missouri politics, which dates to the 1960s. But more recently, Danforth was a key backer of former state Auditor Tom Schweich who also was running for governor until he committed suicide in February. Danforth, an Episcopal priest, delivered the eulogy for Schweich.
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Danforth didn’t issue any statements about his backing of Kinder, who faces a crowded GOP primary field. But his support may signal a direction for former Schweich backers.
Schweich was thought to be in a competitive race with yet another candidate, former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, at the time of his death.
The St. Louis Post -Dispatch pointed out that earlier in the cycle Danforth contributed to another candidate for governor, Mike Parson, who shared some of Danforth’s concerns about the vitriolic state of Missouri politics. But Parson, a state senator, has since dropped out of the race to become a candidate for lieutenant governor.