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Thad Cochranís campaign knew for weeks about blogger videotaping his wife, but didnít tell cops
Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on May 19, 2014 | Allahpundit

Posted on 05/26/2014 1:04:14 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

The NRSC spent a chunk of the weekend pounding Chris McDaniel’s campaign because some people there knew three weeks ago about Cochran’s wife being secretly videotaped in a nursing home but said nothing until the story finally broke on Saturday. Read Ed’s post this morning for the details on that. There’s no evidence that McDaniel’s campaign was involved in the harassment — on the contrary, his campaign manager denounced it in a staff e-mail as soon as she heard of it — but after the news about it broke on Saturday, they claimed incorrectly that they’d never heard of the clip before. Cochran fans wanted to know: Why the cover-up? Why sit on information about Cochran’s wife being harassed and then pretend you knew nothing? You should have taken it to the police immediately and told the truth.

Good questions. And not just for McDaniel’s campaign.

Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) legal team apparently held onto information concerning a man’s taping of the senator’s bedridden wife for as many as two weeks before turning it over to the police.

Cochran’s campaign spokesman, Jordan Russell, told The Hill Monday that the campaign was made aware of a video allegedly taken by local political blogger Clayton Kelly of Cochran’s infirm wife on the day it was posted, April 26. He said the campaign conducted its own investigation of the video before alerting Cochran to it and deciding to bring it to an attorney…

“We were made aware of [the video] that morning because people were emailing us saying, ‘Did you see this?’” Russell told The Hill. “We conducted our own review for a few days and then went to Sen. Cochran about it, and that was when the decision was made to turn it over to the attorneys.”…

It’s unclear why Cochran’s attorney, Don Clark, held the information for two weeks before alerting police. Clark did not respond to a request for comment.

They investigated for a few days, got the green light from Cochran to go to their lawyers, and then the lawyers … sat on it. How come? Did they have a legal reason to do so or was this a matter of waiting until we were a bit closer to the June 3rd primary before pushing this to the media? If Team Cochran had gone to the cops at the start of May, the political mudslinging at McDaniel would have played out during the first half of the month, giving him time to recover. By waiting until late May, voter perceptions can be shaped with less time for repairs– even though, as noted above, there’s no evidence at all that McDaniel’s team was complicit in the videotaping.

Also, why would they have conducted their own investigation before telling Cochran what happened? He deserved to know ASAP, if only to make sure his wife had extra security around to keep creepers from peeping through her windows.

By the way, not one but two new polls from outside groups show McDaniel with a small lead over Cochran. The establishment/tea party Armageddon that everyone was hoping for in Kentucky is going to end up fizzling tomorrow night, but Mississippi might end up filling the gap.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gope; thadcochran
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1 posted on 05/26/2014 1:04:14 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Because Cochran was more interested in having this as a campaign issue that he was interested in protecting his wife’s dignity.


2 posted on 05/26/2014 1:08:47 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: SoConPubbie; WKB; Black Agnes; Din Maker; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; LibLieSlayer; DrewsMum; ...

Mississippi PING

Thad enough of the dirty rotten scoundrel.

3 posted on 05/26/2014 1:11:22 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

You’re precisely right.
I can barely wait to vote for Chris McDaniel.
I’m PRAYING he wins.
It would be a crying shame were evil to prevail.


4 posted on 05/26/2014 1:12:46 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Because Cochran was more interested in having this as a campaign issue that he was interested in protecting his wife’s dignity.

Yes, but can the people of MS understand this?

5 posted on 05/26/2014 1:15:49 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: onyx
If this primary goes will for MS it will also go well for US...

Blessings to you and your family.

6 posted on 05/26/2014 1:20:23 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: SoConPubbie

One can only conclude that Cochran was not concerned about
criminal activity, but wanted to use his wife as a campaign tool.


7 posted on 05/26/2014 1:32:38 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Hammer, meet nail. When this sordid episode broke a couple of weeks ago, I asked a rather basic question (on another thread): who benefits from this disclosure at this time? The answer, obviously, is Thad Cochran.

Not only did his team want the news to break closer to the primary, they holding it back as well. Lest we forget, the news about the taping of Cochran’s bed-ridden wife in a nursing home came at the end of a bad week for the incumbent.

In the days leading up to the taping episode going public, the focus of media coverage in Mississippi had been on Thad’s living arrangements. Turns out that he has been renting an apartment in D.C. from his female executive assistant, the same woman who had accompanied him on dozens of Congressional jaunts around the world.

The GOP-e tried to close ranks behind Cochran, noting that many senators travel with members of their staffs. But I can’t think of any that “rent a room” from the same staffer. The good people of Mississippi saw through that smoke screen and realized that Thad has a girlfriend in D.C., while his wife fights her final battle with dementia.

I’m guessing that Cochran got a tip about pending stories on his living arrangements, and decided to use the taping scandal to change the narrative. It was a brilliant political move, but it shows you how sleazy Thad and the GOP establishment really are.

One final note: as I posted previously, several members of my wife’s family have been in nursing homes in recent years. I can’t think of one where a stranger could simply enter the facility, go to a resident’s room and start videotaping. Apparently, the home where Mrs. Cochran resides has the worst security of any memory center, or something was done that allowed the blogger to enter the room without being challenged.


8 posted on 05/26/2014 2:00:41 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Thank you so much. I truly appreciate your kind words of comfort.

Chris McDaniel’s win will be a blessing not only for MS but also for our nation.

He is a GOOD and decent family man. A true American patriot. I’ve met him in person twice now and he remembered me.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 2:18:22 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
I'm not familiar with all the details but hasn't there been some others arrested in this event?
What charges, who they were involved with, etc. I don't know the details. One week to go
until the primary day so who knows how this will impact the outcome.
10 posted on 05/26/2014 2:22:07 PM PDT by deport
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To: SoConPubbie

Cochran was mortified over this that he waited weeks to use it for political advantage.

He’s nothing but a political pimp.


11 posted on 05/26/2014 2:23:20 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

Excellent post. I remember your initial comments. Very insightful.


12 posted on 05/26/2014 3:10:03 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: deport
I'm not familiar with all the details but hasn't there been some others arrested in this event? What charges, who they were involved with, etc. I don't know the details. One week to go until the primary day so who knows how this will impact the outcome.

Yes there were, but none of them had any connections to the Chris McDaniel campaign.

In fact, McDaniel's campaign, once they were aware of what had been posted, immediately went to the effort to find out who did it, and demanded it be pulled immediately.
13 posted on 05/26/2014 3:10:57 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

Excellent post. I remember your initial comments. Very insightful.


14 posted on 05/26/2014 3:12:51 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Nooo,
This piece of crap wouldn’t do that now would he?


15 posted on 05/26/2014 3:34:23 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Joe Boucher

No, never. Whatever could I have been thinking???


16 posted on 05/26/2014 3:42:26 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: SoConPubbie

I had wondered what had become of this story.


17 posted on 05/26/2014 5:46:27 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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