The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Death by Stupidity

Posted on | June 28, 2014 | 12 Comments

This is horrible:

Attorney Mark Mayfield was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday at his Ridgeland home.
Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, and is one of the three men charged with conspiring with Clayton Kelly to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife in her nursing home and create a political video against Cochran. . . .
Mayfield of Ridgeland, an attorney and state and local tea party leader, was arrested last month along with Richard Sager, a Laurel elementary school P.E. teacher and high school soccer coach. Police said they also charged John Beachman Mary of Hattiesburg, but he was not taken into custody because of “extensive medical conditions.” All face felony conspiracy charges. Sager also was charged with felony tampering with evidence, and Mary faces two conspiracy counts.
The arrest of Mayfield, well-known in political, business and legal circles, caused shock in Mississippi, in a criminal case and election that already had Mississippi in the national spotlight.

Without further knowledge of the case, we may surmise that Mayfield feared that the criminal charges could destroy his law career. Trying to blame this tragedy on Republicans — as did a staffer for Chris McDaniel’s campaign — is crazy. Anybody who got involved with Clayton Kelly’s hare-brained scheme was responsible for their own stupidity.



12 Responses to “Death by Stupidity”

  1. Jupiter C.
    June 28th, 2014 @ 3:28 am

    His choice to take pics of the woman in the nursing home reflects that equally bad choice to commit suicide. The first wasn’t so bad that he couldn’t have survived it eventually. It wouldn’t even have taken a year to recouped his losses. Others have done worse, gone through a bad patch & come out swinging. He could have even specialized in divorce cases, where there are lots of dirty tricks. A fool is dead.

  2. mackykam
    June 28th, 2014 @ 4:31 am

    Maybe he killed himself for forgetting to copyright the photos?

  3. smitty
    June 28th, 2014 @ 4:46 am

    Lord have mercy on the man’s soul. It’s a sad milestone in some generally dirty business.

  4. Mark Mayfield, apparent suicide, in Mississippi | Batshit Crazy News
    June 28th, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    […] TOM: Death By Stupidity […]

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 28th, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    RIP, may God forgive him in what must have been a moment of desperation. My condolences to this family.

  6. Kirby McCain
    June 28th, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    This campaign has had me reflecting on Mama voting Republican. She was so disappointed when her candidate lost despite getting the most votes. If he’s graceful McDaniel can become a important Republican in Mississippi and nationally.

  7. daialanye
    June 28th, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    This should be a lesson for conservatives.

    Liberals, having unquestioned media and Democrat backing, can get away with such behavior regardless of how heinous the offense. Conservatives, burdened with a conscience, and Republicans, overly concerned with what opponents think of them, cannot.

    No one on this site should need examples, but if anyone does, the careers of the Clintons, the Obamas and John Kerry, among a host of others, may be examined.

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 28th, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    I suspect he may have been disbarred (or at least suspended). It would have been mostly a career killer for him being an attorney, but you are right, he could have gotten through it. There are other options other than being an attorney.

  9. Quartermaster
    June 28th, 2014 @ 6:33 pm

    In the case of a conviction for Mayfield, disbarment is as close to a certainty as anything in this life.

  10. Quartermaster
    June 28th, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

    I’d rather not. Those careers have received enough examination and we already know what we will find.

  11. boinkie
    June 28th, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    was this to prove the guy had a sick wife who got good care?
    Or to do an ex pose on bad nursing in the home, which was underfunded (and the Senator was too cheap to put her in a decent but more expensive home? )

    One way to see if it was bad care is to check for bed sores: Their presence is a marker for poor care, since good nutrition, attention to pressure areas, specialized mattresses and frequent repositioning will prevent them from happening.

  12. cmdr358
    June 29th, 2014 @ 12:01 am

    You should do some Google-ing and read up on this fiasco.
    It ain’t about bedsores.