Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel’s campaign released a short statement Thursday in response to new arrests in the case of political blogger “Constitutional Clayton” Kelly photographing Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) wife.
“As we have said since day one, the violation of the privacy of Mrs. Cochran is out of bounds for politics and is reprehensible. Any individuals who were involved in this crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” McDaniel communications director Noel Fritsch said in a statement.
The statement came a few hours after attorney Mark Mayfield and Richard Sager were arrested and charged in connection to Kelly going to the nursing home of Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife, Rose, to take her picture for an anti-Cochran campaign video. Both Mayfield and Sager appear to have volunteered for the McDaniel campaign, according to the Clarion-Ledger of Mississippi.
McDaniel has denied that anyone on his campaign was connected to Kelly’s photographing of Rose Cochran.
McDaniel, on his website, also lists the Central Mississippi Tea Party on his bio page. Mayfield is listed as one of the Board of Directors for that organization.