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Political blogger's photo of senator's wife sparks argument

Political Blogger's Photo Of Senator's Wife Sparks Argument

A political blogger's photo of a Mississippi senator's sick wife has started an intra-party mess just weeks before the state's heated primary.

Senator Thad Cochran's wife, Rose, has dementia and has been living in a retirement home since 2000 according to WLBT. Cochran's lawyers say blogger Clayton Kelly sneaked into the facility and took a picture of Rose Cochran in her bed without her consent.

Kelly then reportedly used the picture to blast the senator in a video he posted to his YouTube page. The video has since been removed. (Via YouTube / Constitutional Clayton)

But the photo has sparked more than just a police investigation. Kelly's blog Constitutional Clayton shows he's a major backer of Cochran's primary challenger Chris McDaniel.

And now potential ties between McDaniel and Kelly have led to a heated exchange between their two campaigns.

The Cochran camp points out McDaniel's staff reached out to offer their condolences before the media was reporting the details of the arrest - which CNN says raises questions about what they knew and when.

​What followed was a long and complex series of exact times and sources. To sum it up, local political blog Jackson Jambalaya posted the original report at 11:40 p.m. local time with the location, St. Catherine's. McDaniel's campaign manager says she read the story at 1 a.m. local time, and at 7:45 a.m. she left a voice mail for Cochran's campaign manager expressing her condolences. Around 9 a.m. Jackson Jambalaya updated the blog post with Rose Cochran's name attached and the Clarion-Ledger published its own story. Around this time McDaniel was interviewed at an event and said he had no knowledge of the incident. At 10:30 a.m. McDaniel staff says they fully briefed McDaniel and issued a statement shortly after.

McDaniel's campaign manager's preemptive call coupled with Kelly's support of McDaniel is causing some to question the link between the two. But so far McDaniel has denied even knowing Kelly, and his campaign manager claims she called early because she recognized the name of the assisted-living facility.

Critics have pointed out Kelly's blog features a photo of him and McDaniel posing together. Kelly is being held on $100,000 bond.

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Walt May 18 2014 at 5:36 PM


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patriot1too Walt May 18 2014 at 5:40 PM

True. After all this time with the obama, clinton and eric holder mess most Americans are sick of their race card playing and lack of leadership that has lowered the bar on everything from the military, family values, jobs, marriage, etc, not to mention that awful obama insurance ponzi scheme.

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alex91576 Walt May 18 2014 at 5:56 PM

Can't be any worse then the Dems. and they're trying to cover up everything Obama LIED about!@!!

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calderasf May 18 2014 at 1:12 PM

Repubnuts going lower and lower into the slime with their puppet master Rove.

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stengernc May 18 2014 at 1:00 PM

The GOP is full of sick Os. They are not critical thinkers and only care about themselves in a sick sort of way. they never should lead this country until they get some common sense humanitarian leaders to run for government. The 1% are paranoid, greedy, self centered fascists who will use religion and bigotry to win votes.

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topazlisa May 18 2014 at 5:17 PM

For all of you blaming Dems/liberals...this is a primary race, Rep against Rep.

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jakkelley47 topazlisa May 18 2014 at 6:32 PM

that's dims

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ryates6690 May 18 2014 at 3:19 PM

How can this guy be charged with exploting a vunerable adult yet a papparazzi can't be charged with exploiting a young child or minor by taking their picture.

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Denny May 18 2014 at 5:24 PM

Every time you pay your credit card bill, remember to thank Senator Cochran for 3% or more of the interest. After congress past the credit card reform bill, the credit card companies asked for a 9 month grace period to implement the program. Several months into the grace period, congressional leaders found the credit card companies were using the grace period to raise interest rates without reason. Good customers were finding their interest rates were increased without warning or cause as much as 20%. Congress called for an immediate implementation of the law, but Senator Cochran said, “No”. When asked by the media why he said no, he said he didn’t know, someone told him to just say no.

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evondeje May 18 2014 at 5:22 PM

to the ignoramuses who didn't read the orginal article thoroughly. culprit was linked to opponent also running in primary. repug primary. doubt that many on the progressive side would stoop to such low level. this is typical chit that repugs have been doing for decades.

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kcarthey May 18 2014 at 3:27 PM

The sactamonious Tea Baggers are so hollier than thou until something like this comes out. But even this does not silence them as then they switch back to their favorite theme, FREEDOM, in this case the FREEDOM to take candid photos of a sick old lady, someones grandma, even if they have to tresspass to get the photos.
FREEDOM to the Tea Party seems to mean the right to do what they want, not what is ethical or moral.

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watersportz1 May 18 2014 at 1:55 PM

dirty politics and clayton kelly is a pig

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photocountry May 18 2014 at 1:39 PM

This is taking dirty politicking to just about the lowest level

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Franco photocountry May 18 2014 at 2:15 PM

All the way down to the gutter.

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