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Some sick and crazy shit going on in Mississippi today:

FILE - This Feb. 4, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss, center, speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections can’t seem to reach an official party line on that the old Washington practice of writing the federal budget to benefit the folks back home. Sure, top Republicans like Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell _ now Senate minority leader _ and Cochran begrudgingly banned so-called earmarks more than three years ago. They were reacting both to the tea party’s rise and a push from conservative House Republicans like Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, now a House Appropriations subcommittee chairman. Cochran is flanked by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., left, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
A Mississippi political blogger has been arrested for allegedly sneaking into the nursing home where Sen. Thad Cochran's wife resides and taking her picture for an online video, the Clarion-Ledger reported Saturday.

The blogger, Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, was charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The video, described as a "hit piece" to the newspaper by its sources, was allegedly critical of Cochran (R-MS) and supportive of his GOP primary challenger, State Sen. Chris McDaniel.

It was posted on April 26 and included a picture of Rose Cochran, who suffers from dementia and moved into the nursing home in 2000. It has since been taken down, according to the Clarion-Ledger. - TPM, 5/17/14

And of course the Republican establishment went after McDaniel and McDaniel said he he had nothing to do with it:

U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel (R-Ms), speaks to a gathering at FreePAC Kentucky, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
"My only response would be that it's disgusting and inhuman," Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told TPM in an email. "For weeks, the attacks lobbed toward Senator Cochran have been ugly, and there seems to be no boundary that they won't cross."

The McDaniel campaign quickly sought to distance itself from Kelly, asserting that the blogger had "no relationship" while it released a sympathetic statement from McDaniel toward the Cochrans.

"I've reached out to Senator Cochran directly to express my abhorrence for the reprehensible actions of this individual," McDaniel said. "This criminal act is deeply offensive and my team and I categorically reject such appalling behavior."

But separating McDaniel from Kelly could prove more difficult than a simple statement. Though a campaign spokesman told the Clarion-Ledger, which broke the story, that he had "never even heard (Kelly's) name," one of the blog posts on Kelly's website is titled "I Met MS Senator Chris McDaniel" and features what seems to be a picture with McDaniel and Kelly.

GOP operatives also pointed to a YouTube video of Kelly's that appears to feature a one-on-one interview with McDaniel. McDaniel, for his part, told The Hill that he had met Kelly, but didn't know him. - TPM, 5/17/14

But here's the thing, McDaniel's campaign did know about it:

Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, listens to a question in Senate Judiciary B Committee, as lawmakers hurried through a number of committee generated bills at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Committees met until late afternoon as lawmakers faced a deadline for their committees to report on general bills and constitutional amendments originating in their own chamber. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
But according to the Clarion-Ledger, McDaniel's campaign manager, State Sen. Melanie Sojourner, called Cochran's campaign manager on Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. to offer her condolences about the break-in -- about 90 minutes before the connection to the Cochrans became public.

Kelly had been arrested Friday, the Clarion-Ledger reported, but the initial reports did not mention Cochran's wife, Rose, who has dementia and lives in a nursing home. That connection became known on Saturday morning when the Clarion-Ledger published a story -- and after Sojourner made her call.

A McDaniel campaign spokesperson had said earlier that he knew nothing about Kelly's arrest.

"I think it would be interesting to know how (Sojourner) would hear about it before 7:45 a.m.," a Cochran spokesman told the newspaper. - TPM, 5/17/14

Crazy and disgusting.

Originally posted to pdc on Sat May 17, 2014 at 01:31 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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