Saturday, May 17, 2014

McDaniel issues statement. Calls Cochran (Updated)

 Update: McDaniel campaign issued a second statement in response to a Clarion-Ledger story. It is posted below.

The Chris McDaniel campaign issued this statement:


McDaniel Issues Statement on Clayton Kelly Arrest
Laurel, MS - Republican Chris McDaniel today issued a statement on the arrest of Clayton Kelly, of Pearl, MS, for illegally obtaining a video of a vulnerable adult resident at St. Catherine's Village in Madison, MS.

"I've reached out to Senator Cochran directly to express my abhorrence for the reprehensible actions of this individual. This criminal act is deeply offensive and my team and I categorically reject such appalling behavior. My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Cochran and his family," McDaniel said. "Politics is about the exchange of ideas and this type of action has no place in politics whatsoever and will not be tolerated."

The campaign has no relationship with Mr. Clayton Kelly in either a volunteer or official capacity.

Second statement: 

 Laurel, MS - Noel Fritch, spokesman for the Chris McDaniel campaign, issued the following statement:

"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.”

The statement is a response to this Clarion-Ledger story that appeared around noon today. 

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, why did Clayton Kelly think this action would be appropriate, or sanctioned by the candidate? Why does the candidate attract followers like this?

The push-poll calls I've been getting this week, full of lies and distortion about Cochran's record, just reek of desperation.

Anonymous said...

So this Kelly person was trying to take a picture of Mrs. Cochran? Thad is going to beat McDaniel convincingly, and I for one am glad. McDaniel's Tea Party yapping is getting old.

Anonymous said...

OH PUhlease he did not do it however someone prob paid this dude to do it After all mr McDaniel campaign was all about Thads assistant traveling for free. I do this all the time for my boss

Anonymous said...

McDaniel has campaigned as a slimy, do/say anything candidate. Kelly is the type of supporter drawn to McDaniel, thinking he would expose a motive for Mr. Cochran to have another female interest. McDaniel started, and is responsible, for the entire incident. I've already voted absentee and never even considered the little tin-horned pretext.

Anonymous said...

McDaniel is a great guy. I'm sure that on June 4th, he'll be glad to get rid of the baggage he's collected in the last few months, regardless of the outcome.

Anonymous said...

This will all be settled at the end of the Federal Investigation. Look for the US Capitol Police, Senate Seargent at Arms, FBI, and United States Attorney's Office to take the lead here. Criminal acts committed against sitting members of Congress and the US Senate, and their family members, will fall under their jurisdiction.

Anonymous said...

@12:11 PM ..Maybe the "Tea Party yapping" is getting old to you but the 14 TRILLION F****** dollar national debt is getting way old to me. It really is time for a change not matter how many diversions and distractions that you thad trolls can come up with.

Anonymous said...

I really hate when the nuts come out on both sides of any campaign but you can't blame McDaniel's for this incident any more than you can blame Cochran for the ricen guy up in Tupelo. You can't help what some of your crazy followers do.
On a brighter note, I was so excited to see all of the McDaniel and Pilazzo signs in the yards when I rode to the Hattiesburg,Petal area this week. I think we stand a strong chance of getting ourselves some real change in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

C Kelly needs to work the farm at Parchman OR somewhere else for 20-30 years for this! Its just sick- hes not fit to live in our society.

Anonymous said...

It would come as no surprise if one of Thad's supporters had put that idiot up to doing it to try to discredit Chris McDaniel. I know Chris and he would never condone such an act.

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone still "works the farm" anymore. It's a shame. They have cable TV and we spend more on these defendants than we do on our or school children.

Anonymous said...

This story has made lucianne.com. Congrats JJ

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the indignation of Haley's groupies who uttered not a peep when he went off the pardoning deep end.

Anonymous said...

At a minimum it looks like Kelly is facing a year in jail

Mississippi Code of 1972 AnnotatedTITLE 43. PUBLIC WELFARECHAPTER 47. MISSISSIPPI VULNERABLE PERSONS ACT

§ 43-47-19. Prohibition against abuse, neglect, or exploitation; penalties; relation to other laws
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to abuse, neglect or exploit any vulnerable person.
(2) (a) Any person who willfully commits an act or willfully omits the performance of any duty, which act or omission contributes to, tends to contribute to, or results in neglect, physical pain, injury, mental anguish, unreasonable confinement or deprivation of services which are necessary to maintain the mental or physical health of a vulnerable person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($ 1,000.00) or by imprisonment not to exceed one (1) year in the county jail, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Any accepted medical procedure performed in the usual scope of practice shall not be a violation of this subsection.
(b) Any person who willfully exploits a vulnerable person, where the value of the exploitation is less than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($ 250.00), shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($ 5,000.00) or by imprisonment not to exceed one (1) year in the county jail, or by both such fine and imprisonment; where the value of the exploitation is Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($ 250.00) or more, the person who exploits a vulnerable person shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not more than ten (10) years.
(3) Any person who willfully inflicts physical pain or injury upon a vulnerable person shall be guilty of felonious abuse or battery, or both, of a vulnerable person and, upon conviction thereof, may be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for not more than twenty (20) years.
(4) For any third or subsequent misdemeanor conviction of any person violating any part of this section, the offenses being committed within a period of five (5) years, such person shall be guilty of a felony and shall be sentenced to not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years in the custody of the Department of Corrections and shall be fined not less than Two Thousand Dollars ($ 2,000.00) nor more than Five Thousand Dollars ($ 5,000.00).
(5) Nothing contained in this section shall prevent proceedings against a person under any statute of this state or municipal ordinance defining any act as a crime or misdemeanor.

Anonymous said...

Knowing Chris, I don't believe that he sanctioned this. I'm neutral as to whether his campaign staff did. However, it isn't surprising to me. Neither Chris, nor this Mr. Kelly seem to operate in the real world. Granted, Chris' remove from reality is more abdication of legislative responsibility and maturity. However, his grandstanding leads to unhinged supporters such as this fellow taking that extra step to "preserve liberty". Think about that: in order to "restore America's liberty", he violated Mrs. Cochran's.

Anonymous said...

@9:28 The statute you posted says "not to exceed." Your "at a minimum" comment is wrong. Do you work near Renaissance?

Anonymous said...

This tea-bagging nonsense has got to stop. If these troglodytes had an ounce of intelligence they would realize that democratically run governments require discourse and compromise. In this country of 314 million people and a world population 7 billion people of which about 1/3 are Christians and about 17% are Caucasian the unyielding, condescending bulls$!+ the tea party espouses is not going to be heard not only because the content of the message is naive and uninformed but the caustic communication style is like fingernails on a chalkboard for most Americans. Get over yourselves. Thad is an unyielding advocate for Mississippi and he will prevail.

Anonymous said...

Ralph Lord should be in the Madison county jail for exploiting a 90 yr. old lady out of $230, 000.00.

Anonymous said...

I will be glad when all this mess is over. I was respectful of McDaniel but felt Thad would win. Then all the establishment republicans started chiming in. And they wanted to really put McDaniel in his place - they seemed concerned - what did they have to lose? All the while Thad stayed in Washington and had a "play my violin" attitude while his handlers slung mud. If Thad left the Senate would we really lose as Mississippi? It seems that is played over and over and as an example we didn't lose anything when Trent Lott left but some corrupt politics. Wake up Mississippi. We have stayed at the bottom the whole tenure of Thad. Lets not fall for the shenanigans and continue to be held hostage by the establishment.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Mr. McDaniel,but his push/poll calls are indeed insulting to the intelligence of voters .
If those questions are the only things he can find to bash Cochran, Thad must be a saint.
It's bad when even the hired pollster knows how awful the questions are. I had him laughing.
" Let's see, yes I agree Cochran should have raised the debt ceiling 20 times rather than shut down government. And, didn't you say he'd served twice as many years as that? Do you think I'm stupid or is your candidate stupid?"

Anonymous said...

I am now voting for Chris McDaniel. The past 2 decades of Lott, Barbour and Cochran have now permanently driven me from the Republican party. It is not about any of the values that I hold dear, but neither is the Democratic party. Haley Barbour is a bad joke we Mississippians played on ourselves; the sooner this machine is out of our political process the better. And that would also include the Alinskyites on the other side.

Even though Joe Nosef is a really nice guy, the wild dogs he is fronting need to go.

"The truth will out...."

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Kingfish said...

I do? Nope.

Anonymous said...

McDaniel backers have been talking for six months about this "bombshell" issue of Cochran having a mistress. They waited until they thought it was the opportune time and then they blew it up in their own face. No doubt McDaniel was behind the leak of the original story but hopefully this latest part was just one of his nutty followers trying to impress the boss. Maybe there was a chief-of-staff job up for grabs! Not any more!

Anonymous said...

May 18, 2014 at 6:54 AM = clueless

Anonymous said...

I wish someone would prove to me that Cochran has a mistress in the truest sense of the word. If he's delivering the bone at his mature age, I'll go door to door for him and will vote for him twice!

Anonymous said...

The tea partys "Vote for anyone else but the establishment" is stupidity. That how we go Obama. If they came up with a better candidate I would vote for him/her but they haven't in this race. All that McDaniels has done in my mind was tell me negative things about Cochran. I do not remember one ad telling me who he is,what he has done and what he wants to do expect remove Cochran. Tea Party better bring good canidates to the plate if they plan to win.

Anonymous said...

Time line looks bad for McDaniels campaign. If I read the articles correctly they knew about this guy several weeks ago. McDaniels campaign starts running ads about Cochrans assistant a week or so ago. Sounds like they were working on the same story. I bet there is a concetion between the two parties.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Tea Party. You self appointed yourselves and now you are out the door. Good riddance. It's scary how a couple of dozen nobody's can get the level of recognition that you did. The party is over for you. HAD ENOUGH AlREADY.

Anonymous said...

All the McDaniel people posting the spin "maybe Thad's group did this"
This is reprehensible, Scott Brewster said he knew in April!!

Anonymous said...

Would've been cooler if she shot that son of a bitch. My Memaw sure as hell would have.

Anonymous said...

The back story here is who at the facility allowed entrance. You don't just drive through a secure gated fence, walk into a secure facility and into another secure hallway and past the nurses station without some serious inside assistance. Maybe he was wearing a nun's habit.

Anonymous said...

RINOs can't win elections without the votes of conservatives who are sick and tired of their hardcore addiction to debt fueled spending. I'll vote for a Democrat who I know wants to screw me over versus a RINO who pretends otherwise but then stabs me in the back after election day.

Hear us loud and clear Haley Barbour. Not compromising anymore. If it takes voting for Democrats to teach you and your cult a lesson then that is what will happen.

Hattiesburg Patriot said...

Blaming McDaninel for this nut's actions is like blaming Jody Foster for the Reagan assassination attempt.

Anonymous said...

I love 30 year old yuppie conservatives like 12:57. Haven't sacrificed shit in their lives, but full of wisdom from their sheltered daddy's money act. Talk about a stupid statement. Nose meet spite.

Anonymous said...

1:47 PM is another RINO standing at the dock having missed the boat but thinking in his pea brain that he's merely arrived early.

Pugnacious said...

The back story here is who at the facility allowed entrance.

This "back story" has all the makings of a False Flag ops. Let's hope that Kelly doesn't end up in Whitfield for a medical evaluation. Then, as in Dr. Smith's case, we'll never know the truth.

Anonymous said...

2:09. See 1:47 =. You.

Anonymous said...

Sen Cochran would never allow anyone to invade his dear wife's privacy! I have seen him fly in Privately to make sure she was taken care of properly for years! He is an honorable man and devoted to her care! How dare anyone would disgrace that wonderful lady! Makes me sick how those liberals are

Anonymous said...

1:02 (worth a scroll up) is a friggin' nut case. 4:04 is a Cack-run water toter.

Nobody in their right mind thinks Thadeus or his friend-girl had anything to do with this. But, nobody in his right mind thinks McDaniel did either. Take a minute and recall the Rankin County nutcases who have been involved to one degree or another in political campaigns over the years. Some are pissants and some are mouth breathers. All are candidates for Whitfield.

Anonymous said...

But if McDaniels' camp knew about this on April 26, which they now admit they did and did nothing then, they are as guilty as the guy that did it. Since the FBI is getting involved, maybe we will know how many in the McDaniels' camp not only knew about it but also enabled it to happen.

Troll Spotter said...

5:14, are you penning a new novel or do you have any evidence to back up your ridiculous assertions. There is no evidence the McDaniel campaign knew a damned thing before the conversation here on JJ leaned in that direction. There is even less evidence they 'knew about it but enabled it to happen'. You're throwing around nutty assertions with NOTHING to back them up. Troll Alert.

Anonymous said...

By the looks of it this Kelly matter was all it took to solve Alan's ED problem.

Anonymous said...

By the looks of it this Kelly matter was all it took to solve Alan's ED problem.

Anonymous said...

1:47pm Would having one's family decorated as heroes and a Purple Heart since it's creation that this Nation has EVER fought, service in government without compensation even when entitled to it, always paying our full tax percentage without taking deductions be good enough for this yuppie?
PS we aren't drawing SS or veteran's disability either!
Yuppie means to me educated and successful.
Your insecurity and jealousy is showing!

Anonymous said...

One thing is certain. Alan Lange has proven himself a raging sexist today.

(Got the screenshot Alan. Toodles.)

Anonymous said...

Hattiesburg Patriot, your name gives you away. Tea Party nuts have been hinting for 6 months that McDaniel would expose Thad's mistress. This just shows the sort of folks you "patriots" attract. Keep making excuses, I'm sure when Chris loses we'll hear all the conspiracy theories. But it's as simple as "bush league".

Micah Gober said...

So what happened to the 11th commandment????

Anonymous said...

8:29, you don't think its relevant to know if a Senator has a mistress, more so if the mistress is on the public payroll? Bring it on if there is evidence. I want to know about that.

Anonymous said...

It may be relevant, but not as relevant as a conspiracy that involves breaking and entering and victimizing a helpless elderly person. Only about 12 idiots in the state think otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Keith Plunkett is doing it again!

Anonymous said...

The only people who are screaming that this has anything to do with either candidate are simply a paid maggot for that campaign.

If this has any influence on your vote, for either candidate, then you were absolutely blind before this happened.

Vote for/against whichever candidate who will represent you.

If you're happy with DC, vote Cochran. If you're not happy with DC, vote McDaniel.

Its pretty simple once you wipe away all the bullshit that's been spewed in this campaign.

Anonymous said...

There WAS no 'breaking and entering', dumbass at 7:14. You must get your updates from the clerk at the Shell Station. Please try to keep up.

Anonymous said...

Scuttlebutt around Natchez today seems to say that McDaniel will have a tough time firng Sojourner. The aftermath would be a sight to see.

Anonymous said...

Is Sojourner having a breakdown?

Charles Reid said...

Despite McDaniel's denial of any connection to Defendants, he is pictured with Kelly and Mayfield.
John B. Mary was cohost with McDaniel for the Right Side Radio Show. Richard Sager is from McDaniel's hometown, Ellisville.
Richard Sager is listed on Melanie Sojourner's Facebook page under Friends(which would require her consent). Lots of dots.

Charles Reid said...

McDaniel threw Sojourner under the bus during his interview
with Paul Gallo. Joe Scarborough
former Florida Congressman and host of MSNBC Morning Joe said
McDaniel was lying in interview.
See his comments on U Tube.

Charles Reid said...

Melanie Sojourner is a self inflicted victim of being associated with slippery Chris McDaniel and Defendant Friend
Richard Sager.

Anonymous said...

charles reid

oh yes, if someone is from your hometown, you are in cahoots. black helicopters behind you?

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