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.
Campaign sources say Kelly on Saturday, April 26th, posted an anti-Cochran, pro-Chris McDaniel “hit piece” video that included the image of Rose Cochran. The video and references to it were removed from the internet within a couple of hours.
Rose Cochran, wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., reportedly suffers from progressive dementia.
Kelly, who runs the “Constitutional Clayton” blog, has voiced his support for state Sen. Chris McDaniel, Cochran’s primary opponent.
“Strict rule: don’t be an inhuman ass,” tweeted Republican media strategist Rick Wilson.
The latest on this developing story from The Clarion-Ledger:
Twitchy will update as this story develops.
This report was published on Friday night before the identity of the nursing home resident had been confirmed.
The Clarion-Ledger has updated with a statement from McDaniel’s spokesman:
The McDaniel campaign found out about the break in when a local political blog posted about it at 11:40 p.m. last night. Senator McDaniel has denounced the break-in and called Senator Cochran to extend his condolences. It is unconscionable for the Cochran campaign and the liberal media to use the act of a sick individual to lob despicable accusations.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an additional tweet.