Posted on | May 18, 2014 | 39 Comments
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. . . .
Kelly is accused of sneaking into St. Catherine’s Village in Madison, where Rose Cochran has resided since 2000, suffering from progressive dementia and now bedridden.
Cochran on Saturday issued a statement: “I have been fortunate to have a wonderful family, and like so many families, we are deeply affected by my wife’s serious, long-term illness, that we consider to be a very private family matter. We will continue doing everything we can to protect my wife’s safety and security.”
Donald Clark, attorney for Sen. and Rose Cochran, said the Cochrans’ “privacy and dignity have been violated.”
The blogger accused of this bizarre criminal stunt is a supporter of Cochran’s GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who I’ve endorsed. Of course, I would never in a million years endorse this kind of weirdness, and I’m sure McDaniel wouldn’t either, but the Cochran campaign seems to be suggesting such complicity.
You know how bloggers have a reputation as being crazy and irresponsible? Yeah, this ain't helping. http://t.co/n9aQPGwJoB
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 18, 2014