Cochran campaign knew of wife’s taping for weeks

Cochran’s campaign spokesman, Jordan Russell, told The Hill Monday that the campaign was made aware of a video taken by local political blogger Clayton Kelly of Cochran’s infirm wife on the day it was posted, April 26. He said the campaign conducted their own investigation of the video before alerting Cochran to it, and then deciding to bring it to an attorney.

Kelly, an apparent supporter of Cochran’s primary challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Miss.), wasn’t arrested until Friday over the alleged taping, and the incident has roiled the bitter GOP Senate primary just two weeks away.

“We were made aware of [the video] that morning because people were emailing us saying, ‘Did you see this?’” Russell told The Hill.. “We conducted our own review for a few days and then went to Sen. Cochran about it, and that was when the decision was made to turn it over to the attorneys.”

Russell said he wasn’t sure how long the campaign conducted their investigation, but it was anywhere from three days to a week before they consulted Cochran’s attorney.

The Hill
5/19/14