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Mississippi tea party leader Mark Mayfield dead of apparent suicide
The Politico ^ | June 27, 2014 | James Hohmann

Posted on 06/27/2014 2:26:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Mark Mayfield, a Mississippi tea party leader and lawyer facing charges in connection with taking photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife at her nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday morning.

Police said that Mayfield’s wife, Robin, called 911 just after 9 a.m. to say her husband had shot himself. Officers arrived to find the 57-year-old lying on the floor of a storage room in his garage with a single gunshot wound to the head and a “large caliber revolver” with the body.

Lt. John Neal of the Ridgeland Police Department told POLITICO that there was a note recovered, but he declined to share its contents. He said no foul play is suspected but an autopsy will still be conducted.

Mayfield was arrested on May 22 and charged with conspiracy. The Madison County district attorney alleged that Mayfield, one of four facing charges, gave advice on how to get into the nursing home where Rose Cochran, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, lives. He declined to take the pictures himself, the DA said, but his mother had lived in the facility so he knew the best way in.

Cochran defeated state Sen. Chris McDaniel, whom Mayfield actively supported, in the Republican primary runoff Tuesday.

Authorities arrested him at his law office. Mayfield, who denied the charge, was released after posting a $25,000 cash bond.

His arrest shocked political elites in the state. Mayfield had played a variety of roles inside the party and ran his own law firm in the state capitol of Jackson for more than three decades.

He focused on real estate matters, according to his LinkedIn page, from loan closings to foreclosures. He received a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1981.

A felony conviction would have been devastating professionally.

Laura Van Overschelde, a friend and fellow tea party activist, said she last saw Mayfield on June 5 at a birthday party for a mutual friend.

“He was still visibly shaken from what had happened to him,” she said, herself shaken over his loss.

Grant Sowell, a leader of the Tupelo Tea Party who has known Mayfield about five years, said he sort of “got cut off from the world” after the arrest. He shut down his Facebook and was upset that the whole scandal might hurt McDaniel’s chances.

Sowell said he called Mayfield a few days after the arrest to encourage him with some Scripture, and Mayfield warned him that the phones could be tapped.

“He said, ‘I’m not guilty of anything,’ but … it gave people a paranoid feeling,” Sowell said.

“Nobody should have died over this,” he added. “It’s just an election. I’m heartbroken by it. … I wish I’d reached out more.”

The nursing home scandal began when conservative blogger Clayton Kelly posted photos online that he allegedly took of Rose Cochran on Easter Sunday. After his arrest, three additional men including Mayfield were arrested for either conspiracy or obstruction. One was a high school soccer coach, and another inherited the conservative talk radio program that McDaniel previously hosted. All the charges are pending. McDaniel’s campaign has denied involvement in the incident.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a statement that he and his wife were saddened by news of Mayfield’s death.

“He was a longtime friend and he will be missed,” the Republican governor said. “Our prayers go out to his family in this tragic moment.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: 3rdthread; cochran; gop; markmayfield; mcdaniel; mentalillness; mississippi; msprimary; republicans; suicide; teaparty
Tragic.
1 posted on 06/27/2014 2:26:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sad...but he was unstable. We don’t people who have mental issues.


2 posted on 06/27/2014 2:32:54 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What was the purpose of taking pictures of the old lady? Or is it a set up?


3 posted on 06/27/2014 2:33:15 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: informavoracious

No idea, I wasn’t there.


4 posted on 06/27/2014 2:35:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Seems like that could have been plea-bargained down.


5 posted on 06/27/2014 2:35:47 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s the difference between wrongful behavior by a Tea Partier and the MSM/Obmaocrats? The first group knows the difference between right and wrong and the second group is oblivious, reckless, and/or doesn’t care.


6 posted on 06/27/2014 2:35:52 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Dallas59
Sad...but he was unstable. We don’t people who have mental issues.

Sure, let's have every aspirant to political office or party staff screened by the American Psychological Association /sarc

7 posted on 06/27/2014 2:41:05 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s the difference between wrongful behavior by a Tea Partier and the MSM/Obmaocrats? The lawyer in the first group seems to show deep regret at attempts to wrongfully defame this guy by showing his wife’s sickness. On the other hand, those in the Leftist MSM revel and have no qualms whatsoever in their vicious attacks on Palin’s Son’s Down’s Syndrome.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 2:41:22 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

You answer your own questions.


9 posted on 06/27/2014 2:42:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You know what is more strange? Three lawyers on the same street in Ridgeland, MS dead in less than six months. I think I would move. Or not be a lawyer.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 2:42:58 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Dallas59

Inicates to me that he knew he probably cost McDaniel the election (in the Primary) - and when Cochran “won” the run off…..I think he really lost it.


11 posted on 06/27/2014 2:47:11 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, sometimes these things beg for a rhetorical question.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 2:50:08 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; informavoracious

It appears that Cochran has a girlfriend.


13 posted on 06/27/2014 2:56:50 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

I wonder which breed her service animal is?


14 posted on 06/27/2014 2:57:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Imagine if was in office....When problems arise in life...you take it and go on. We need people who fight...not people who off themselves when things get tough.


15 posted on 06/27/2014 3:03:49 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Darksheare

Liberals wouldn’t care.


16 posted on 06/27/2014 3:05:03 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thad doesn’t care, they are all his farmyard friends.


17 posted on 06/27/2014 3:08:04 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: informavoracious
"What was the purpose of taking pictures of the old lady? Or is it a set up?"

And what exactly was the crime? Conspiracy to do what?
18 posted on 06/27/2014 3:58:28 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: PapaNew
"What’s the difference between wrongful behavior by a Tea Partier and the MSM/Obmaocrats?"

Some vague crime (it's still not clear what the crime was) by a local Tea Party member is front-page, national news. A potentially major scandal by a huge federal agency only merits coverage on page A-13.
19 posted on 06/27/2014 4:00:45 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Dallas59

This wasn’t “problems arising in life” - this was a foolish, infantile stupid mistake that might have incredible negative consequences for the entire nation.


20 posted on 06/27/2014 5:53:54 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is such a sad loss. I am sorry he wasn’t strong enough to hold on. People make mistakes in their lives. The pressure and fear he must have felt. My sympathies to his family.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 8:21:22 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Christie at the beach

The very sad thing is if this had been a DEM they would have circled
the wagons instead our side commits suicide!!!! Such a shame his family
must be devastated!!!!! It was NOT a smart thing to do but to feel you have to commit suicide, just a horrible situation!!!!!!


22 posted on 06/27/2014 8:29:11 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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