Wife, attorney say blogger was pawn

Tara Kelly said her husband was working to get the “Constitutional Clayton” blog and YouTube channel off the ground when he received tips from “someone on the Internet” accusing Thad Cochran of having an affair.

The Cochran campaign has denied anything other than a professional relationship with his longtime executive assistant.

“They gave him information as to where Rose Cochran was staying, as well as other information,” Tara Kelly said. “… I wish I could tell you the names of these people on the Internet that gave my husband this information. But I don’t know and can only hope it comes out who they are.”

Tara Kelly said she told her husband “it wouldn’t be a good idea to take pictures of this woman. … If my grandmother were in there, I wouldn’t want someone taking her picture.”

But, she said, “Clayton thought this was the big scoop he needed to get his blog off the ground.”

Both Tara Kelly and Camp said the point of the blog was to add emphasis to allegations that Cochran was having an affair by showing photos of his wife in the facility she has lived in for more than a decade.

“He was trying to drive home a point,” Camp said. “I think he just went about it the wrong way.”

Kelly’s wife said she urged him not to take photos of Rose Cochran, but that he was so eager to break the story that he did anyway.

“Now, here’s where it gets tricky,” Tara Kelly said. “The video was up for about an hour and a half when Clayton received word, either through Facebook or the phone, I’m not sure, that ‘the big man,’ meaning Chris McDaniel, wanted it taken down. The exact words, I remember Clayton told me, were ‘the big man himself says take it down.’ Clayton was already going to take it down but did so at that time.”