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GOP’s Hancock inches toward an exit, as calls mount for him to step aside

John Hancock
John Hancock AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri GOP chairman John Hancock is beginning to wobble.

The day after party funder David Humphreys issued an affidavit claiming Hancock had referred to former auditor Tom Schweich as Jewish, Hancock told a St. Louis radio station he has some “soul searching” ahead.

Hancock did not say he will resign the post. But the controversy has “done great damage to my ability to be chairman of the state Republican Party and that’s just the fact,” he said on the radio.

That damage became evident later in the day when three major GOP fundraisers — Neal Ethridge, Sam Fox, and Peter Herschend — emailed Republican leaders and urged them to “do the right thing” in connection with the party.

“We trust you are aware of the attached sworn affidavit from David Humphreys concerning a conversation he had with John Hancock in his (Humphreys) office last November 24,” the email says. “We regard this voluntary affidavit as an important development in the situation we have all been following since Tom Schweich’s tragic death. We trust you will do the right thing.”

More from the Post-Dispatch here.

Hancock has consistently denied any specific recollection of referring to Schweich as Jewish, but has admitted he may have used the reference in casual conversation.

But his remarks Friday suggest Republicans are growing fearful of the drip-drip-drip nature of the controversy.

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