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Anti-Tom Schweich radio ad traced to KC consultant Jeff Roe, Catherine Hanaway

The committee that ran a radio ad aimed at former Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich shortly before he died is a front group operated by Kansas City GOP political operative Jeff Roe, the Post-Dispatch reported Saturday.

The Star first reported the connection to Roe on March 3, the day of Schweich’s funeral.

Citizens for Fairness sponsored the ad that ran statewide. The spot labeled Schweich as a weak candidate for governor and pointed out that his political foes would “squash him like the little bug that he is.”

In his eulogy of Schweich, former Missouri Sen. Jack Danforth pointed to the ad as harmful to Schweich, although the ex-senator said a GOP whispering campaign had bothered Schweich even more.

P-D reporter Virginia Young wrote that Roe declined an opportunity to comment for her story.

These days, Roe is working on the presidential campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

In the article, Young pointed out that the ties between the ad, Roe and Catherine Hanaway, another GOP candidate for governor, are clear. Hanaway has said she and her campaign had no involvement with the radio spot.

GOP sources told Young that one motive for the radio ad, which ran 20 months before the next election for governor, may have been to simply get under Schweich’s skin.