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Hulshof endorses Icet in GOP auditor battle; Ashcroft hits the phones for Schweich

Republican state auditor candidate Allen Icet has just rolled out an endorsement from former U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Columbia, who made an unsuccessful GOP for governor in 2008.

Hulshof praised Icet's experience as chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee.

"Allen has worked tirelessly in his effort to produce balanced budgets," said Hulshof in the release. "I have no doubt Allen's experience and discipline in fiscal matters will serve the state well when he becomes Missouri's next financial watchdog."

More from the release:

"Hulshof also praised Icet's conservative principles.

" 'With Allen you're getting a tried and true conservative who is on the right side of issues ranging from the sanctity of life to Second Amendment rights to the belief that government money does not belong to the government - but to the taxpayers....' "

Icet is competing against St. Louis lawyer Tom Schweich, a former member of the Bush administration, in next Tuesday's GOP primary. The victor will face state Auditor Susan Montee, a Democrat, in November.

Although Icet has endorsements from most of the GOP members of the Legislature, Schweich has obtained most of the endorsements from the state's big-name Republicans, including former Sen. John Danforth, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Later today, Schweich announced that he is launching robo-calls featuring Ashcroft.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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