Missouri: Danforth Backs Blunt After Schweich Passes

Posted June 15, 2009 at 5:23pm

Rep. Roy Blunt’s (R) Senate campaign got a double dose of good news late last week.

First, former U.S. ambassador Thomas Schweich, who publicly contemplated challenging Blunt for the GOP nomination in the open-seat race, decided against running. Then Schweich’s biggest backer, former Sen. Jack Danforth (R), turned around and endorsed Blunt.

“Our party would be best served if we would march in a very united way under the banner of Roy Blunt,— Danforth said at a GOP fundraiser Thursday night. “I’ve known him for decades. … I can tell you on the basis of that knowledge that he is a terrific candidate to run for the Senate, and he will carry our banner well.—

Danforth’s endorsement didn’t sit well with former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R), who is contemplating a Senate run of her own. (There’s also been increasing chatter that Steelman might be looking at throwing her hat into the state’s 7th district race to replace Blunt.)

“Danforth says we need fresh face in DC then turns around and endorses Blunt … Funny the way it is,— she wrote on her Twitter page over the weekend.