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July 22, 2014

Another McDaniel Supporter Arrested in Connection to Photographs of Cochran’s Wife (Video)

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel weighed in Thursday on the illegal photographing of Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife, now that multiple McDaniel supporters have been arrested in connection to the incident.

Mark Mayfield, the vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, was arrested Thursday along with Richard Sager, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Last week, blogger Clayton Kelly was arrested after allegedly posting online images of Rose Cochran, who suffers from dementia, that were taken at the nursing home where she lives.

The connections to the McDaniel campaign has raised some issues for the challenger since Kelly’s arrest was first reported over the weekend. The Clarion-Ledger has a photograph of McDaniel with a group of volunteers, including Mayfield, and Kelly had written about his support for McDaniel on his blog.

Still, McDaniel continues to deny any connection to the alleged crimes.

“As we have said since day one, the violation of the privacy of Mrs. Cochran is out of bounds for politics and is reprehensible,” McDaniel said in a statement Thursday. “Any individuals who were involved in this crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Cochran campaign has attacked McDaniel for what it says are inconsistent statements about the incidents.

“They’ve changed their version of events so many times; it’s a new day and another version,” Jordan Russell, the communications director for the Cochran campaign, said in a phone call with reporters on Wednesday.

Russell pointed to a voicemail from Melanie Sojourner, a state senator who serves as McDaniel’s campaign manager, left for Cochran campaign manager Kirk Sims on May 17, the morning after Kelly’s arrest was reported on a local blog, without any details about why he had been arrested. She said McDaniel was upset about it and wanted to speak to Cochran.

Later that morning, the Clarion-Ledger broke the story about why Kelly had been arrested, after which McDaniel initially claimed ignorance of the event when asked about it by reporters.

Before commenting Thursday, McDaniel indicated he would not answer any more questions about the affair. In an open letter to Cochran on Wednesday, McDaniel said the Cochran campaign was attempting to “slander” him and declared he would “not engage either your campaign or the liberal media in their absurd witch hunt.”

The primary has devolved into one of the nastiest and most bizarre races of the cycle. It will come to a close on June 3, when Mississippi Republicans will select their nominee.

The race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Micheal McCheese

    More than likely setup by the Cochran campaign themselves to try to drum up some sympathy votes.

    • jjamele2

      A McDaniel supporter was on Glenn Beck’s show yesterday making that same suggestion. Then he begged Beck for money and volunteers.

    • hs2094

      Explain how Cochran was able to get these rabid McDaniel supporters to pull this stunt, genius.

  • YONATAN C

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DENIED 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES, UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BENEFITS SINCE LAST DECEMBER. WHILE THEY CONTINUED TO HOLE THE EXTENSION BILL “HOSTAGE” IN THE SENATE, THESE FAMILIES HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. FOR THE PAST FIVE MONTHS THEY HAVE USED THESE UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES AS BARGAINING CHIPS FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE TO FURTHER THEIR PARTY’S POLITICAL AGENDA. MILLIONS OF THESE FAMILIES HAVE FACED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES, AND HOMELESSNESS IN THE PROCESS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DELIBERATELY MADE DELAY AFTER DELAY, MONTH AFTER MONTH, SO THAT EVENTUALLY THE BILL WOULD BE TOO LATE TO VOTE ON IN THE SENATE. THEY HAVE STOOD ASIDE, WHILE THESE FAMILIES SUFFERED AND STRUGGLED TO FEED AND SHELTER THEIR CHILDREN. THEY PUT THEIR POLITICAL AGENDA BEFORE THE WELFARE OF THESE NEEDY FAMILIES. THEY HAVE DEMONSTRATED A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON HUMAN DECENCY. I ENCOURAGE ALL AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS BILL, OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE, TO NOT VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE NEXT ELECTION. THEY HAVE SHOWN US THAT THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT US, LET’S NOT VOTE FOR THEM

    • Chris B

      You could have said all of that in regular case lol

    • Dave

      It’s no longer 1951. We’re not teletyping messages any longer.

  • HeyNow

    Geee tea party whackos connected with the McDaniel campaign…never saw that coming

  • bpai99

    Of course, these tactics are perfectly fine and even laudable when used against a Democrat.

    • Layla

      No, they are not.

  • Chris Ambrose

    I would except nothing less from the Tea Party.

  • Anthony Lott

    I hope they put these guy’s away for a long long time

  • Forest Black
  • Hitched
  • krusatyr

    Those charged were not part of McDaniel’s campaign, even though they opposed and acted against Cochran.

    Rinos and donkeydix partiers who implicate McDaniel employ guilt by association in lieu of evidence, which does not exist, to support their false and maligning claim.

    Cochran has reached an age of incompetence and represents pork swapping cronyism which grows debt and government. He’s done it for forty two years and where is MS? It’s still the out-house among states, with nearly all economic metrics at the bottom.

    It’s time for MS to get off the federal dependency leash and make their own way in an atmosphere of free enterprise and free markets.

    Over-regulation, debt, statist bloated government, federal mandates and illegal immigration, all the effects of Cochran’s crony pork mongering, bring misery to MS.

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