Skip to comments.Man accused of exploiting Sen. Cochran's ill wife
Posted on 05/17/2014 12:28:55 PM PDT by windcliff
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Authorities say a conservative Mississippi blogger went into a nursing home, photographed the bedridden wife of Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran without permission and posted an image online as part of an anti-Cochran video.
Rose Cochran, 72, has lived at St. Catherine's Village since 2000 and has dementia.
Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, of Pearl, was arrested Friday and charged with a felony, exploitation of a vulnerable adult, Madison police said. Kelly remained in the Madison County Detention Center on Saturday on $100,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear whether he has an attorney.
Police Sgt. Robert Sanders wouldn't identify Rose Cochran as the person who was photographed. Cochran attorney Don Clark said an unauthorized photo of Rose Cochran was taken in her nursing home room, near her bedside, and it was posted briefly online as part of a video.
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Was it Senator Cochran?
Some random thoughts:
Most ‘memory care’ units have better security than that.
She was really young when she was stricken, if she’s been there for 14 years and is only 72.
And a busted nose and a low kick seems more appropriate than an felony charge.
Wow....fourteen years ago she was only 58. Sad. Didn’t know this.
Cochran lives in the same home as his long time executive assistant...he “rents” a room from her..she has traveled with him extensively on the government dime for years..this is related to the primary...
Despicable moron thinks invading the privacy of Mrs. Cochran will make his favored GOP primary candidate look better. Pure evil.
I don’t know all the characters involved, but anybody who would break into an alzheimers hospital room is dangerous and should be locked up. This is the kind of person who you hear about during Presidential Election years, bombing the campaign offices of their opponents. The hospital was at fault for allowing this clown to get in there. He could have put something in her IV line. I wouldn’t put it past him.
Absolutely unacceptable tactic. Don’t care how much of a liberal RINO Cochran may be, that is way beyond the line.
Cochran himself may have had this done this to take the wind out of criticism for his live in assistant. The live in arrangement with his assistant was all over the news cycles this week here. The timing of this is suspicious.
Respectfully, you’re an ass
That kind of inference is in the same box as the Nursing Home invasion. How low can you go?
Would you feel better about it if he divorced his wife and married the assistant? Assuming what your are insinuating is actually happening.
When I read the title ... I wondered if the 'exploiter' referred to was Sen. Cochran himself ......
Cochran has been embroiled in a series of high-profile scandals involving his relationship with his executive assistant, from whom he rents an apartment in Washington and who has accompanied him on trips to some 42 countries across five continents since 2002.
According to Breitbarts Matthew Boyle, Sen. Cochran and executive assistant Kay Webber traveled eight times to France, five times to Italy, four times to Israel, and twice to Japan."
The full list of countries they traveled to includes: Italy, France, Brussels, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Hungary, Russia, Norway, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta, Austria, and Czech Republic in Europe; Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile in South America; Guatemala, and Mexico in North and Central America; Japan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Republic of the Philippines, and South Korea in Asia; Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Azerbaijan, Oman, and United Arab Emirates in the Middle East, to Morocco; and Egypt, Cape Verde, and South Africa in Africa.
If this is what it takes to win, then winning is without value.
We — this clown, anyway — has become the very thing he supposedly is against.
Throw the book at him.
...doesn’t matter WHAT the incumbent did.
You don’t beat one by being one.
The sicko perp supports Cochran’s GOP primary opponent. If you have evidence to support your obtuse theory, then share it with the local LEO.
Probably a smart political move if Cochran did it to get sympathy. If his opponent is behind it, it has to be the stupidest political move in Mississippi history. May ensure a Cochran win if his opponent doesn’t disavow it in the harshest possible terms.
What evidence do you have other than a picture with McDaniel?
My theory is supported by all the OTHER scummy stuff the GOPe has done over the past 20 years. This is right up their alley.
The last paragraph makes my point entirely.
THIS is what has been all over the local news for the past week or so worth of news cycles.
The timing of this by Cochran’s supposed ‘opponent’s supporter’ is suspicious. VERY suspicious.
“The sicko perp supports Cochrans GOP primary opponent....”
You do understand that Cochran has MULTIPLE primary opponents?
And you do understand that the “sicko perp” is not associated with the campaign of any of these primary challengers.
The “sicko perp” stupidly did this on his own and is solely responsible for the act. And IF ANYONE BENEFITS FROM THIS, IT IS THE COCHRAN REELECTION CAMPAIGN—none of his opponents benefits.
Sick. It is spitting in the face of everyone who has ever had a family member or friend with Dementia, as I have. I’m putting as many Thad signs in my yard as possible. And yes, I vote in Mississippi.
“You do understand that Cochran has MULTIPLE primary opponents?”
Name any one of them that is not McDaniel and doesn’t have millions of out of state money. Who do you think you are fooling?
FWIW, I think that Cochrane and his EA are making the best of what is a lousy situation..he's still married to his wife, he provides for her financially..his EA isn't married, and she worked for him for many years before his wife was institutionalized..it's not like he was Wilbur Mills putting his stripper girlfriend Fanny Foxxe on the office payroll. Look, I want Cochran gone..but this is a chap shot..they were open about the relationship....however..he should have known better in that she should have resigned as his EA once they became a couple...it just doesn't pass the smell test..and that's the problem with those who stay too long inside the Beltway..they think they're above it all...
It's open knowledge in DC that Cochran and his 'live in' are more than just work associates. The inference has been that it's OK because his wife has dementia and is in a home.
The kicker is that all these overseas 'business trips' sure look like pleasure boondoggles. And THAT inference has been ALL OVER the local news cycles for the past several days. So THIS little shenanigan CONVENIENTLY takes the heat OFF Cochran for the inferred abuse of public money taking his sweetie on around the world trips.
And no, I'm not a huge McDaniel supporter. I support him becuase he ISN'T Cochran. Cochran is dirty. Supports amnesty, voted for all the tax increases/stimulii that he possibly could but for me the nail in the coffin was his voting for a renewal of the START treaty in a lame duck session after the last election. A treaty that allows the RUSSIANS to inspect our super secret facilities.
"And Cochran has supported treaties that weaken our sovereignty and threaten our national security, such as the new START treaty and Law of the Sea Treaty. Cochran also voted to confirm Obama appointee Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel who is now trying to downsize our military."
In short, Cochran is a damned traitor and I won't be voting for him in June or Nov should he win in June. And the shenanigans of people who PURPORTEDLY support his opponent will do NOTHING to change that fact!
So you support the Law of The Sea Treaty?
You support amnesty?
You support the new START treaty that gives the Russians the ability to inspect our secret facilities with little notice?
You support Hagel who is downsizing our military capability as fast as he possibly can? Who supports transgenders in the military?
Cochran is a damned traitor.
It is obvious that it is in McDaniel’s interest to issue such a statement as political insurance. What does it say to his supporters who are on this thread making asses of themselves?
I don’t know, I don’t have a dog in this fight and wouldn’t recognize either candidate if they took turns running over me with a truck.
He’s a womanizer. The congresscritters in DC who are NOT womanizers could probably fit around a 4 person card table.
I’m sure if anyone defeats Cochran in the primary it’s a matter of time before they are behaving in the same way.
The wife undoubtely knew of his womanizing. It isn’t as though there isn’t gossip in DC. Most of the wives know about the extracurricular activities. It’s part of being a politicians wife.
My beef with Cochran is supporting the LOST treaty, the START treaty and amnesty. I really don’t CARE where he puts his privates. Or with whom. I CARE when he votes against the best interests of this nation. Which he does with great regularity.
I support civility, something that is in short supply on this thread.
I’m no McDaniel supporter. I don’t trust him either.
I KNOW Cochran is a damned traitor. As is anyone who supports him.
I don’t know that about McDaniel. Yet.
And you are the very one who accused McDaniel of this.
I merely turned the tables.
Repeat after me:
“Any senator who supports LOST and the START treaty is a traitor”
You have enough issues in New Jersey, so butt out of ours. I won’t be answering any future post from you, so don’t bother.
I no longer live in NJ. I moved back home about 10 years ago. I keep the NJ location because I still have friends and acquaintances on the NJ board.
Still not voting for Cochran.
You were a Cochran supporter from the beginning. You’re also a BIG GOPe supporter.
It’s a shame that my family will be destroyed along with yours when we have a military that can’t win the next war because of stuff THAD COCHRAN voted for.
Here are some more outlets that gleefully carry this AP writers stories. I realize that it has news value, but when Salon carries it, it has value to the left. Period. http://www.salon.com/writer/emily_wagster_pettus/
Are you sure this isn’t Dem related? It doesn’t’sound like a conservative trait to me.
Let’s look at it analytically:
1. The GOPe took a drubbing in this week’s primaries.
2. Cochran is in a real horse race for the first time in a long time.
3. The past few days news cycles in the state have been full of Cochran taking his sweetie on overseas boondoggles on the public’s dime.
4. Many in the GOPe depend on Cochran’s reliable votes for any and all liberal funding schemes they need him to fund. If he loses, they are in danger of losing that reliable vote.
I’m not sure Cochran has the ability to do anything like this anymore. His handlers won’t even let him debate McDaniel. He’s pushing 80 for heavens sake. I would NOT put the GOPe above doing this though. Not. At. All. They HAVE to win this seat to maintain the status quo.
You don’t think this is a hoax done by the Cochran? Freepers nearly universally say incidents like this against blacks or gays are hoaxs. It wouldn’t be fair not to say the same thing about a progressive like Cochran.
Shall we read this together? http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2014/05/17/melanie-sojourner-thad-cochran-wife-break-in/9215899/
This has nothing to do with Cochrans votes or positions. It has everything to do with common decency.
You do understand that Cochran has MULTIPLE primary opponents?
Name any one of them that is not McDaniel and doesnt have millions of out of state money. Who do you think you are fooling?
Ahh....Thomas Carey is another primary opponent of Cochran and he doesn’t have millions of out of state money.
In post 32 of this thread, you said “I support civility...”. I guess that while you may “support” civility, your posts here show clearly that you don’t “practice” civility.
And in post 23 you said “...Im putting as many Thad signs in my yard as possible....”. My suspicion (judging solely from the way you’re reacting in this thread) is that you’ve had plenty of Cochran signs in your yard already...and may even be on his campaign payroll.
And while you may be troubled by the softness of the support for Cochran, I’d say this to you: Lighten up Francis!
I'm sure he didn't do that or anything. He admitted he doesn't even know what the Tea Party is. He doesn't even read a paper. He probably doesn't know the current president of the U.S. He just does what lobbyists tell him, and he doesn't even bother to know what's going on.
I don’t much care for Sen. Cochran but this slimy piece of progressive photographer needs to be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law.
Agreed, this is sick.
Extremely suspicious. Ask the question, would you put this past McConnell and company?
You seem to almost be lamenting the fact that 99% of all gay ‘hate crimes’ in the past three years have been hoaxes. Do I need to provide links?
Just because he has dementia, doesn’t mean we should vote for him. He doesn’t have any clue what’s going on. He hasn’t heard of the Tea Party, and he still thinks Bush is president. I’m sorry for his mental condition, but that isn’t an excuse for him to bury this country in big government. All those signs in your yard might as well be Obama signs, since they come from the same philosophy. At least Obamhe a has heard of conservatism. Cochran is proud to say he doesn’t even understand conservatism.
So, you support someone based on something a blogger did to them? I guess you must have voted Obama after he had that death threat against him, right?
Are you on Karl Rove’s payroll?