Blogger arrested for sneaking into Thad Cochran’s wife’s nursing home room

posted at 5:31 pm on May 17, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

If the allegations prove true – and the initial evidence seems pretty compelling – this will turn out to be yet another story of a blogger going off the rails and doing the wrong thing in pursuit of a story. According to recently breaking reports, blogger Clayton Thomas Kelly of Mississippi crossed all bounds of propriety by entering the nursing home room of the wife of Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) and photographing her for use in a political story.

A Pearl man who runs a political blog is accused of sneaking into a nursing home where U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife is bedridden and photographing her, then posting the image in a video political “hit piece” on the internet.

Madison Police arrested Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, of Pearl on Friday night on a charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. He’s being held on a $100,000 bond.

The police investigating the case put out a press release on the subject today.

The Madison Police Department received information on May 15th, 2014 concerning the possible exploitation of a vulnerable adult resident at Catherine’s Village located at 200 Dominican Drive in the City of Madison. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that Clayton Thomas Kelly – age 28 – of 3127 Greenfield Road Pearl, Ms had illegally and improperly obtained an image of a vulnerable adult resident without their consent for his own benefit. Clayton Kelly’s bond is set at $100,000.00 and he is currently being held at the Madison County Detention Center. The matter remains under investigation by the Madison Police Department.

Kelly’s blog is found here, but the political “hit piece” in question has since been removed.

It is important to note at this point that if there is no evidence suggesting that Kelly is in any way involved with the campaign of Chris McDaniel, currently in a heated primary battle with Senator Cochran, this shouldn’t affect the race. He seems to be an ardent supporter of McDaniel, as indicated by some previous blog posts (here and here) and photos, but that can be said of many people. Elected officials and candidates are, by definition, ultimately responsibile for not only their own actions, but those of their paid and/or appointed staff. But no candidate can control the irrational actions of deranged fans any more than Jodie Foster can be said to be responsible for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan.

But is there more to the story? In an update from the Clarion-Ledger, Senator Cochran’s camp is raising an interesting question.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign is questioning how Chris McDaniel’s campaign manager, state Sen. Melanie Sojourner, apparently knew about Clayton Kelly’s arrest before news of him allegedly sneaking into Rose Cochran’s nursing home room and taking photos broke.

Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell said Sojourner left a voice mail message for Cochran campaign manager Kirk Sims at about 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, offering condolences over Kelly’s alleged actions and assurance McDaniel’s campaign doesn’t condone it. Russell said Sojourner indicated she had been concerned over the incident since Friday night.

Kelly was arrested Friday night. Police issued a press release about Kelly’s arrest late Friday night, but it and early news reports did not mention Rose Cochran, only a brief statement about his charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

A Clarion-Ledger article posted online at 9:24 a.m. broke the news about a connection between the arrest and the Cochrans.

This same article was later updated with a response from the McDaniel campaign:

“The McDaniel campaign found out about the break in when a local political blog posted about it at 11:40 p.m. last night. Senator McDaniel has denounced the break-in and called Senator Cochran to extend his condolences. It is unconscionable for the Cochran campaign and the liberal media to use the act of a sick individual to lob despicable accusations.”

The information still missing at the time of this posting is precisely which “local political blog” posted the information (with the Name of Cochran’s wife, I assume), since the local media didn’t have that detail until the next morning. The missing piece here – and this is purely speculation at this point – could be that the “local blog” in question was, in fact, Kelly’s blog. Since everyone seems to agree that the information had been posted there, and then removed, I suppose that’s possible. Of course, it would require a bit of luck on the part of McDaniel’s campaign manager to have just managed to catch the post on the blog between the time it was published and then pulled, but given the tendency of campaign workers to constantly monitor Google alerts for anything mentioning their opponent’s name, it’s not beyond the realm of the possible. (See Update below.)

If this claim about the phone message and its timing turns out to be true, it adds an entirely new element to the story, but we still need to hear from Sojourner, who isn’t commenting on it yet. If she did, in fact, know about this before the police released any details, including the identity of Cochran’s wife, somebody has some explaining to do and McDaniel will have to be on top of this immediately.

But either way it pans out, Kelly may serve as yet another important example and negative role model for citizen journalists. No matter what your motivation or desire to get into the mix of the political battlefield, there are boundaries which simply can not be crossed. I have no idea what would possess someone to think that invading the privacy of an elderly, bedridden woman suffering from dementia would be useful or a good idea in any way, but it appears that Mr. Kelly is about to learn a very expensive lesson on the subject.

Some similar sentiments from Doug Mataconis:

In the often combative history of American politics, I’ve got to say I don’t recall seeing anything quite like this. And while it was obviously not officially tied to the McDaniel campaign, it certainly seems to be a measure of the extent to which political debate in this country has descended into the gutter. NBC’s Chuck Todd summed it up well on Twitter this morning:

Way over the line, whether the McDaniel campaign was involved or not.

UPDATE: (Jazz) The local blogger reporting on this story is saying that the offending video / pictures were posted either “two weeks ago” or April 26th, depending who you ask, so if that’s the case, the McDaniel camp couldn’t have found it in the way I surmised. Curiouser and curiouser, to quote one fable.


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Do you read Updates, on the threads and the linked articles?

They clarify things for you.

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Um, wow. That’s a bit overkill, don’t you think?

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

davidk on May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Gee, I wonder how THAT happened?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

I guess the rest aren’t “genuine” scandals:

Amid contrived outrage over Benghazi and the improving fortunes of its healthcare reform, the Obama administration could be facing a genuine scandal about its treatment of military veterans that has the potential to attract broad political condemnation of its competence.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/328546c0-dd10-11e3-8546-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3215sp4q9

davidk on May 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

No problem. I hope that Cal Chrome does it!

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 7:08 PM

There ya go…

ExpressoBold on May 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Lolz! I hadn’t even noticed. Bless the cup.; ) Thank you.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

After all, she picked me.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Overkill :)

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

You should listen to your Dear Wife more, BB ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I can’t get over Secretariat.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Leavin’ ‘em in the dust after the final turn ! What a horse.
;-)

pambi on May 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM

pambi on May 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM

And bred in Virginia!!!!

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Yes… And what specifically was the imputes for that case of lead poisoning?

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Aron Burr published a political add in the newspaper alleging that Alexander Hamilton was having an affair. Hamilton challenged Burr to a duel to restore his honor. Hamilton won the coin toss, and fired first, straight up in the air, Burr than shot and killed Hamilton.

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

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davidk on May 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

It is important to note at this point that if there is no evidence suggesting that Kelly is in any way involved with the campaign of Chris McDaniel, currently in a heated primary battle with Senator Cochran, this shouldn’t affect the race.

Umm…yeah. Sure.

Let’s be honest here: this stink is going to stick to McDaniel no matter what. And given that it looks like his campaign might actually have been involved (or had foreknowledge), that’s even more appropriate. But regardless, the evil deeds of a candidate’s most vociferous supporters have a tendency to stick to the candidate himself.

Esoteric on May 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I KNEW it had something to do with loose hips!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Love the accompanying picture on the front: isn’t that what is known as a pornstache?

ss396 on May 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

davidk on May 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Yeah, I saw that too, and blasted him on twitter for that. Asshat.

4 murdered Americans elicit ‘contrived’ outrage.

rightside on May 17, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Bless the cup.; ) Thank you.

Bmore on May 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

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LOL
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I’m delighted that you enjoyed yourself….

ExpressoBold on May 17, 2014 at 7:29 PM

You must think so little of the voters in Cochran’s state if you sincerely believe that conservatives, who abhor Cochran’s record in office, will peel away simply because of the actions of an over-zealous political blogger.

I think the voters aren’t monsters. You apparently think they ARE monsters — pitiless, deranged, purely political machines without any sense of decency or emotional balance. Apparently like you, from the evidence of your “I’M SO HARDCOOOOOOOORE” posts around here.

McDaniel has been destroyed by this. It’s over – Cochran will now cruise to renomination and reelection. I tend to believe McDaniel’s campaign had some kind of knowledge of this horrid stunt (because from what I’ve seen of McDaniel he’s a shady person) but even if not, it’s still all over for him.

And all you can do about it now is mewl, puke and cry on Hot Air.

Esoteric on May 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

More info about this from Erick Erickson

lineholder on May 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

oscarwilde on May 17, 2014 at 6:09 PM

You described the Republican establishment to a tee!

Wigglesworth on May 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Erick Erickson explains a local political blog was on this story last night.

Press confirmation may not have come until after 9am this morning, but the first comments to Jackson Jambalaya were happening just after midnight this morning.

http://www.redstate.com/2014/05/17/breaking-people-read-blogs-in-mississippi-nrsc-blames-chris-mcdaniel-for-mississippi-literacy/

cat_owner on May 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I heard a story last nite on a Tea Party telephone conference. Thad has been in the Senate forever (5 or 6 terms) and has the highest paid lady personal assistant ever in DC ($140 K) and she owns a $1M home in the DC area and Thad rents out the basement apartment from her and they travel everywhere together and have forever. So maybe the poor demented wife’s story and pictures were to be used to embarrass Thad and ask him why he was acheatin’ on his wife.
Also Cletis (I think that’s the lady attorney’s name of the Tea Parties re: IRS Lois Lerner target scandal) said that the Cochran campaign was getting collateralized money illegally (if that makes sense)and she blew the whistle on them with the FEC yesterday.

That was the newsiest political phone call I’ve ever had that seems so incredibly timely.

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 7:40 PM

You know, amidst all the throwing-up-of-hands-in-horror, I can’t help but remember that back when America had a working press, this was the sort of stunt reporters would pull. Not all of them, maybe, but the ones who worked for the tabloids for sure. So in a way, this shows just how thoroughly bloggers have moved into the space vacated by ‘journalists’.

PersonFromPorlock on May 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

lineholder on May 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

It looks like it would give Sen. McDaniel some room but I don’t think it will be played that way. Sen. Cochran will probably be eligible for an Oscar next year. All though if he is in any kind of shady relationship with his landlord, he might want to be a bit more subtle in his outrage.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

NRSC hitman Brian Walsh tweeted out that McDaniel must have been involved which is the whole point of putting out the story with McDaniel’s name in the headline like the Daily Caller did.

Wigglesworth on May 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Wigglesworth on May 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Nice. I guess the NRSC has decided he’s guilty until proven innocent?

cat_owner on May 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I think the voters aren’t monsters. You apparently think they ARE monsters — pitiless, deranged, purely political machines without any sense of decency or emotional balance. Apparently like you, from the evidence of your “I’M SO HARDCOOOOOOOORE” posts around here.

McDaniel has been destroyed by this. It’s over – Cochran will now cruise to renomination and reelection. I tend to believe McDaniel’s campaign had some kind of knowledge of this horrid stunt (because from what I’ve seen of McDaniel he’s a shady person) but even if not, it’s still all over for him.

And all you can do about it now is mewl, puke and cry on Hot Air.

Esoteric on May 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Perhaps you might want to wait for the full story to come out next time before posting vicious, hysterical rants and embarrassing yourself like this against a poster who, from what I can tell, didn’t merit that kind of response? Your entire post was potentially debunked by the very next reply.

You sound like the very people you purport to condemn.

Doomberg on May 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

PersonFromPorlock on May 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Now reporters keep stuff from the public, i.e. John Edwards.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Please see my post above. Blogger Kelly may have been trying to embarrass Cochran who has been having a long affair with his personal high paid assistant in DC living in her milliom $ home in the basement and jetting around the world together while his wife is deteriorating in a nursing home.

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I think the voters aren’t monsters. You apparently think they ARE monsters — pitiless, deranged, purely political machines without any sense of decency or emotional balance. Apparently like you, from the evidence of your “I’M SO HARDCOOOOOOOORE” posts around here.

McDaniel has been destroyed by this. It’s over – Cochran will now cruise to renomination and reelection. I tend to believe McDaniel’s campaign had some kind of knowledge of this horrid stunt (because from what I’ve seen of McDaniel he’s a shady person) but even if not, it’s still all over for him.

And all you can do about it now is mewl, puke and cry on Hot Air.

Esoteric on May 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Now THAT’S overkill.

A bit harsh, don’t ya think?

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

That’s probably true but you don’t think that Sen. Cochran, NRSC or the Dale Carnegie branch of the Republican Party are going to play it that way do you?

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

I think we’ll have to wait and get all the facts before anything conclusive can be determined.

But we got us a Red-on-Red catfight because BradDayspring is already hot on twitter feed after ErickErickson.

Pretty quick to go on the defensive over nothing, huh?

lineholder on May 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Could be. But it seems the NRSC is using this to try and smear McDaniel now.

cat_owner on May 17, 2014 at 7:58 PM

lineholder on May 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I’d love to be wrong but I bet this is a situation where facts don’t matter, just who has the best spin. It’s hard to defend yourself against a negative. If Sen. Cochran had thanked the Sen. McDaniel campaign for their concern, it would have been over, but he and NRSC plan to take full advantage. It’s not like anyone needs proof.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

He probably was trying to do that. It only makes him look even worse.

He should wait until he’s walked a mile (or 10+ years) in Cochran’s shoes before he condemn’s him.

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

The real problem is that he has hurt the guy he thought was better. Big dummy.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Hard to say. The NRSC is in full attack mode right now, but it could backfire. Smells of desperation.

cat_owner on May 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

That’s probably true but you don’t think that Sen. Cochran, NRSC or the Dale Carnegie branch of the Republican Party are going to play it that way do you?

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Could be. But it seems the NRSC is using this to try and smear McDaniel now.

cat_owner on May 17, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Of course not but now the world knows he’s got a wife with dementia back home and how much do you think it’ll take for a designee to start talking about all the pork Thad is dishing out and getting by talking about his excesses in DC…u know…the corruption thing. I don’t think it’ll take too much for people to start thinking Thad’s a Cad.
McDaniels must be breathing right down the old man’s neck.

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Yeah, I know.

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Oh, I know. Bunch of blowhards.

lineholder on May 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Gee, I don’t begrudge a guy with an incapacitated wife companionship but I do have a bit of a problem with it being on the taxpayer dime.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Way over the line, whether the McDaniel campaign was involved or not.

Why say that Jazz, if there is no evidence they were?

J.B. Say on May 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

From my limited personal experience, nursing homes have little to no security. I mean, you could walk in and carry the residents out, one at a time, and no one would notice.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign is questioning how Chris McDaniel’s campaign manager, state Sen. Melanie Sojourner, apparently knew about Clayton Kelly’s arrest before news of him allegedly sneaking into Rose Cochran’s nursing home room and taking photos broke.

Sounds like Perry Mason is on the case. Who else would highlight this fact then make the proper inferences. I’m waiting for the inevitable “Perry Mason” confession from someone on McDaniel’s campaign staff … “I DID IT. I DID IT ALL. I DID EVERYTHING. I HAD TO. HE WAS GOING TO RUIN ME.”

LashRambo on May 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Way over the line, whether the McDaniel campaign was involved or not.

Why say that Jazz, if there is no evidence they were?

J.B. Say on May 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

He’s talking about what the blogger did. It was way over the line.

LashRambo on May 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

I do have a bit of a problem with it being on the taxpayer dime.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

He’s a Senator. Everythinh He does is on the taxpayers’s dima

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

True but how about a little subtlety? I don’t really care but plenty will. Just like plenty won’t care whether Sen. McDaniel had anything to do with this guy intruding on Mrs. Cochran. It’s election season, the truth doesn’t matter.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Why say that Jazz, if there is no evidence they were?

J.B. Say on May 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Because Jazz is a RINO just like Matt Lewis. You can see their excitement on Twitter over this. They think McDaniel is responsible or at least they can make enough people think that.

Wigglesworth on May 17, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Why say that Jazz, if there is no evidence they were?

J.B. Say on May 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

The Hill is reporting that there is evidence:

According to a GOP aide who has listened to the voicemail from Sojourner to Simms, McDaniel’s manager [Sojourner] says she was made aware of the incident late Friday evening. She emphasized that their campaign was appalled, and that McDaniel himself was disgusted by Kelly’s actions and wanted to speak to Cochran directly to express his outrage.
But that account conflicts with what McDaniel told The Hill at a craft fair in Hernando on Saturday morning. Looking visibly surprised, McDaniel said he hadn’t heard the news, which the Clarion Ledger reported less than an hour earlier, and called Kelly’s actions “appalling.

It sounds to me that the Aide was made aware of it – but McDaniel wasn’t. Or the aide was calling about the use of the story rather than the break in.

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

What? Mc Daniels didn’t dig up the wife or the lady in DC. Breaking into the nursing home is not Tea Party action…that’s a goofball blogger who likes Mc Daniel. The real innocent one here is Mc Daniel being accused right and left because a sacred Republican cow is feeling some heat.

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I agree. Subtlety…and if his mistress was working for him then that is a legitimate story. Still, I find the people reporting it sleazier than the Senator doing it.

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Still there is a big difference between knowing and actually having anything to do with. For all we know this Kelly dude could have called the campaign before he got arrested to tell them about the cool pictures he got. I think it’s safe to say this Kelly guy is a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic. I know the Tea Party there is quick to point out that they have never had any contact with him and he is not on their donor rolls.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

From my limited personal experience, nursing homes have little to no security. I mean, you could walk in and carry the residents out, one at a time, and no one would notice.
LashRambo on May 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

That’s funny…in fact Mrs. Cochran could disappear and that’d be the end of the story.

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Like I said…if the Tea Party Patriots were spreading this story they should be condemned for doing it. Just my opinion.

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

So, which candidate are we supposed to support/defend on this one?

I need marching orders people.

I’m tempted to be against the guy who put his wife in a nursing home. But I can be persuaded the other way.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Still there is a big difference between knowing and actually having anything to do with.
Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Yep. I’m sure they didn’t know…it would make no sense for them to do this.

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

The Hill is reporting that there is evidence:

The Hill. I think they started out as Hillary guys in 2008…not really Capitol Hill. Anyway…they are gossips.

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

They’re politicians, I don’t think you should expect to find any heroes here. Talking care of an elderly person with dementia is not an easy job but it is a full time one, so that wouldn’t play into my decision. I’m on an anti-incumbent kick right now but that’s easy for me to say when he isn’t my senator.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Go for McDaniel…he’s a nice young buck. The old Fart Cochran has had his day…many days

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

On the wife in the nursing home, depends on diagnosis and care requirements before I’d condemn him for it.

If he’s playing fast and loose with taxpayer’s money treating his honey, then he definitely should be called on it.

If the TEA Party got down in the gutter to dig up dirt on Cochran so they could call him on misusing taxpayer’s funds…I don’t like it, but that’s the way of politics in our USA today.

I’m just going to see how it unfolds before I decide who’s guilty of what, when, where, why, how and against whom.

lineholder on May 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

What story? It appears that most folks knew about Mrs. Cochran’s poor health and where and who the senator is living with. I don’t know why that would get them any mileage.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

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Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Talking care of an elderly person with dementia is not an easy job

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

No, it’s not an easy job. I worked as a CNA in a dementia ward for about nine months, many years ago. I’m not going to tell you how much case load of patients I carried per night but it was deplorable how short-staffed we were.

Got beat black and blue every night! Trying to change bedding and clothing for those who would urinate on themselves in their sleep. Waking them up was difficult, and I had too heavy a case load to do it slowly. The would be disoriented, lash out, and just wail away, baybee.

lineholder on May 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

What story? It appears that most folks knew about Mrs. Cochran’s poor health and where and who the senator is living with. I don’t know why that would get them any mileage.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I don’t think most voters knew…political types and reporters apparently did.

kcewa on May 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM

They’re politicians, I don’t think you should expect to find any heroes here. Talking care of an elderly person with dementia is not an easy job but it is a full time one, so that wouldn’t play into my decision. I’m on an anti-incumbent kick right now but that’s easy for me to say when he isn’t my senator.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Unless he can’t afford her care, I find it difficult to countenance leaving your wife behind.

Not saying it’s wrong, but it just feels wrong.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

What story? It appears that most folks knew about Mrs. Cochran’s poor health and where and who the senator is living with. I don’t know why that would get them any mileage.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Cochran’s gal pal assistant is paid enough apparently to own a milliom dollar pad in DC with Thad in the basement paying rent…do you think this is above board? So Thad puts the house in her name and he’s paying rentoops really the mortgage…how much who knows but this is probably all on the taxpayer. This is his second wife of sorts. I don’t blame him for needing company but his wife #1 is so utterly helpless in the face of it.

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 8:53 PM

On the wife in the nursing home, depends on diagnosis and care requirements before I’d condemn him for it.

If he’s playing fast and loose with taxpayer’s money treating his honey, then he definitely should be called on it.

If the TEA Party got down in the gutter to dig up dirt on Cochran so they could call him on misusing taxpayer’s funds…I don’t like it, but that’s the way of politics in our USA today.

I’m just going to see how it unfolds before I decide who’s guilty of what, when, where, why, how and against whom.

lineholder on May 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I’m not saying he should personally be caring for her. Not sure if that’s possible. Don’t know the situation.

My gripe is that he is off in Washington while she languishes alone in a nursing home. So many politicians leave public office over fake family situations, it’s strange that one would stay in public office when a legitimate family situation exists.

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

You must think so little of the voters in Cochran’s state if you sincerely believe that conservatives, who abhor Cochran’s record in office, will peel away simply because of the actions of an over-zealous political blogger.

I think the voters aren’t monsters. You apparently think they ARE monsters — pitiless, deranged, purely political machines without any sense of decency or emotional balance. Apparently like you, from the evidence of your “I’M SO HARDCOOOOOOOORE” posts around here.

McDaniel has been destroyed by this. It’s over – Cochran will now cruise to renomination and reelection. I tend to believe McDaniel’s campaign had some kind of knowledge of this horrid stunt (because from what I’ve seen of McDaniel he’s a shady person) but even if not, it’s still all over for him.

And all you can do about it now is mewl, puke and cry on Hot Air.

Esoteric on May 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Whether it hurts McDaniel or not depends entirely on whether people believe he or his campaign is involved. I find it very hard to believe that anyone running for Senator would have a campaign dumb enough to pull a stunt like this. It has backfire written all over it.

The most likely explanation is the blogger was a little unhinged and went way over the line, and the McDaniel campaign was probably horrified and worried about the potential backlash. That pretty neatly explains the call from the McDaniel campaign early on.

To really make the case that the McDaniel campaign knew about it too soon, you would have to show there is no reasonable way they could have known. If the McDaniel campaign can show that the information was out there before they placed the call — and the evidence seems to indicate it was — then the “how could they have known” question from the Cochran campaign loses all its bite.

I certainly don’t think this helps the McDaniel campaign, but the election ain’t over yet.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 17, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Bigbullets on May 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

I’m sure he has great insurance but it may be why he doesn’t keep a home any longer and rents in D.C.. Long story short, I cannot conceive of any way that pictures and videos of this poor woman would help the McDaniel campaign and only an idiot would think so. But we don’t know anything about Mr. Kelly. It would be nice if Sen. Cochran would accept that the McDaniel’s campaign is not involved and get his poor wife out of the news. It will say everything about him as a politician and a husband.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 9:16 PM

McDaniel has been destroyed by this. It’s over – Cochran will now cruise to renomination and reelection. I tend to believe McDaniel’s campaign had some kind of knowledge of this horrid stunt (because from what I’ve seen of McDaniel he’s a shady person) but even if not, it’s still all over for him.

And all you can do about it now is mewl, puke and cry on Hot Air.

Esoteric on May 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Wow! You must be working for the Cochran Campaign! Care to share what the internal polls are telling you?

As I said in an earlier comment, don’t break out the champagne yet? Cochran has a long primary night ahead of him and the results will not be good for him.

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 9:32 PM

McDaniel has been destroyed by this. It’s over – Cochran will now cruise to renomination and reelection. I tend to believe McDaniel’s campaign had some kind of knowledge of this horrid stunt (because from what I’ve seen of McDaniel he’s a shady person) but even if not, it’s still all over for him.
And all you can do about it now is mewl, puke and cry on Hot Air.
Esoteric on May 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

A RINO’s wishful thinking.

bluegill on May 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I can honestly not think of ever – ever – hearing anything quite this scummy.

Professor Blather on May 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Professor Blather on May 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

It’s right up there with knocking up your videographer while your wife is dying of cancer.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Doug Mataconis helped bring down political discourse to the gutter it now is in.
I really don’t believe he has such a concern. Except when his porkster candidate can take advantage of gaining the “moral high ground”

In any event

MWC_RS on May 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I think its the idea that we have lost the sense in this country that the way we treat others affects us because if we sll are doing the right thing the bad applrs stand out when we can’t junderstand the need to be civil with each other the people who do the good snd geroic things stand out because the average person can’t see people as being motivated for good when there is so much evil in the world tge world that required to be vigilant to make sure that in being civil we don’t become a victim….a good Twitterer doesn’t need to lose sight of common decency to find a story because the inherent flaws of human beings will land the perfect story right in their lap

redyoshii on May 17, 2014 at 11:22 PM

The McDaniel Campaign will do well to research into this blogger’s background. I won’t be surprised if they find ties with the Cochran/Barbour political machine. Nothing is beyond those corrupt politicians.

TheRightMan on May 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Who does he think he is? Bob Woodward?

Evi L. Bloggerlady on May 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM

heard a story last nite on a Tea Party telephone conference. Thad has been in the Senate forever (5 or 6 terms) and has the highest paid lady personal assistant ever in DC ($140 K) and she owns a $1M home in the DC area and Thad rents out the basement apartment from her and they travel everywhere together and have forever. So maybe the poor demented wife’s story and pictures were to be used to embarrass Thad and ask him why he was acheatin’ on his wife.

gracie on May 17, 2014 at 7:40 PM

If this guy is carrying on an adulterous affair with an assistant on the government payroll, that is a story that should be reported — but the story does not require photos of the sick wife. There is no excuse for breaking into the room of a demented woman and taking photos of her just to embarrass her sleazy husband.

AZCoyote on May 18, 2014 at 9:15 AM

anyone else thinking that visitor logs would show this husband visiting his wife very rarely?

dmacleo on May 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

In Mississippi, the NRSC is on a witch hunt to tie Chris McDaniel’s
campaign to some nut who overstepped the bounds of propriety. Now that McDaniel is ahead in most polls, the NRSC is attacking him savagely, the groups that support him, and relying on a handful of reporters who write negative stories about Cruz to write negative stories about McDaniel.

The NRSC is so desperate to win the MS-Sen race, they’ll smear Chris McDaniel with a lie. The gopE desperately needs to keep the corrupt dinosaur in power.

It is a shame that Cochran’s wife suffers from dementia. It is also a shame that Cochran lives with his mistress Mrs. Webber who travels with him and is also on his PAYROLL, duh!

This is corrupt Haley Barbour’s Mississippi. The same corrupt Haley Barbour that is Fast Terry McAuliffe’s drinking buddy and allowed him to pull off his Greentech Automotive Scandal in the state.

Haley Barbour has announced in the past his plans to replace Cochran when he retires. He told McDaniel that “he would hand him his head on a platter” when McDaniel went against him in the state on the issue of eminent domain if he ran for Cochran’s seat.

http://www.redstate.com/2014/05/17/breaking-people-read-blogs-in-mississippi-nrsc-blames-chris-mcdaniel-for-mississippi-literacy/

The corrupt Bush Mafia on steroids!

Jayrae on May 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Jayrae on May 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Thank you. I am so disappointed in Gov Barbour.

Cindy Munford on May 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I’m sure he has great insurance but it may be why he doesn’t keep a home any longer and rents in D.C..

What kind of a guy does this? His wife is sick so he leaves her in a nursing home? Doesn’t go visit her on a regular basis?

Long story short, I cannot conceive of any way that pictures and videos of this poor woman would help the McDaniel campaign and only an idiot would think so. But we don’t know anything about Mr. Kelly.

I don’t see how the McDaniel campaign could be connected to this. If they are, they’re too stupid to be in politics.

It would be nice if Sen. Cochran would accept that the McDaniel’s campaign is not involved and get his poor wife out of the news. It will say everything about him as a politician and a husband.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Agreed. It’s almost like Cochran orchestrated this whole thing.

Bigbullets on May 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

What’s the need to repeat the label “blogger” when describing a miscreant in the story?

Another Libertarian on May 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM

If this guy is carrying on an adulterous affair with an assistant on the government payroll, that is a story that should be reported — but the story does not require photos of the sick wife. There is no excuse for breaking into the room of a demented woman and taking photos of her just to embarrass her sleazy husband.

AZCoyote on May 18, 2014 at 9:15 AM

I know..and McDaniels wouldn’t do it..a sick puppy of a blogger would whether he liked McDaniels or was working for Cochran who, if Cochran did it and then points the finger at McDaniels in a desperate move, would once again be disrespecting his poor wife who would be clueless just like when he bangs his mistress.

Remember the Tea Party attorney for the IRS scandal found out about an account($500K?)the Cochran campaign had illegally collateralized and called the FEC on them last week. So there would be some illegal campaign financing Cochran is also doing.

gracie on May 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Blair ousted state Del. Larry Kump (R) Tuesday by an 872-728 vote margin in the Republican primary. Her father, Craig Blair, is a West Virginia state senator.

Not on topic, but cool.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

I think that is creepy of Sen. Cochran also, but until proven otherwise, he is the injured party. Maybe the Democrat is the best choice in this race?

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

With the current corruption in the Democrat party and how they are taking our freedoms, I’d say never choose a Democrat in the next two elections at least.

Christian Conservative on May 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Not on topic, but cool.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Those commenters are disgusting.

rottenrobbie on May 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Pro-Cochran PAC hit with FEC complaint over $250K loan
DAILY LEDES
Sam R. Hall, The Clarion-Ledger 1:33 p.m. CDT May 15, 2014

This is FEC complaint that’s got to be a burr underneath Cochran’s saddle.

gracie on May 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

As usual, Mataconis is a complete idiot.

it was obviously not officially tied to the McDaniel campaign

Well, doh, Doug, it wouldn’t have been officially tied to the campaign even if McDaniel himself hatched the idea, would it?

But there is no way to know the extent of anyone connected with the campaign’s involvement, and they did seem to know a lot about it before anyone else did. Yet Mataconis rushes to proclaim his side innocent, “obviously” . . .

And THEN he quotes Chuck Todd. If you need evidence that someone is an idiot, the fact that they quote Chuck Todd is accepted as prima facie proof in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Adjoran on May 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

With only two weeks to go, McDaniel is down 52-35 in the last poll. It’s extremely difficult to unseat a multi-term incumbent Senator without a scandal attaching.

Cochran’s lifetime ACU rating is 76, which happens to be the exact average of Republicans in the Senate, but one would expect better from Mississippi. However, he makes up for that with constituent service and delivering pork which makes up for a lot in the poorest state in the union.

Adjoran on May 18, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Of course, my first question is, which side is the guy working for?

Certainly is being utilized to attempt to change the (tedious and boring) conversation away from the tedious and boring incumbent

It wasn’t quite a lipstick stained handkerchief stuffed into his opponent’s dinner jacket, but that was 1930 and this is now

Yet, it is still tedious and boring

entagor on May 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM

AP Politics ‏@AP_Politics 2m

$100K bond for man accused of exploiting senator’s wife http://apne.ws/1hWe4Rt
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$100K for man accused of exploiting senator’s wife
By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
— May. 18, 2014 7:38 PM EDT
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/100k-man-accused-exploiting-senators-wife

canopfor on May 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Umm…yeah. Sure.
Let’s be honest here: this stink is going to stick to McDaniel no matter what. And given that it looks like his campaign might actually have been involved (or had foreknowledge), that’s even more appropriate. But regardless, the evil deeds of a candidate’s most vociferous supporters have a tendency to stick to the candidate himself.
Esoteric on May 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Karl Rove is that you?

Brock Robamney on May 19, 2014 at 5:55 AM

Head’s up – More news on this one

lineholder on May 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

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