Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign on Sunday released a voicemail of primary challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s campaign manager calling the Cochran campaign about the arrest of a pro-McDaniel blogger.
The voicemail appears to contradicts McDaniel’s statement about the arrest. He told The Hill that he didn’t hear about Clayton Kelly, who was arrested for breaking into Cochran’s wife Rose’s nursing home to take a photo of her, until Saturday morning. Yet in the voicemail McDaniel campaign manager Melanie Sojourner said that she learned of the arrest on Friday night.
On Sunday, a McDaniel campaign spokesperson criticized the Cochran campaign for releasing the audio in a statement to the Clarion-Ledger.
“We are shocked and appalled, by how the Cochran campaign is using the actions of a sick individual to slander Chris McDaniel,” the campaign spokesman said.
Since McDaniel’s Saturday morning interview, his campaign has tried to clarify what they knew and when about Kelly’s arrest. In a statement Saturday night, the campaign said that Sojourner knew about the arrest on Friday night, and McDaniel was filled in “briefly” about it on Saturday morning.