First reported by the Clarion Ledger, the footage obtained by Kelly was for an apparent political hit on Cochran that he posted to his political blog and removed shortly after. McDaniel’s campaign has vehemently denied any involvement and condemned his actions.
“I don’t guess I’ve been awake long enough to see what’s happened,” McDaniel told The Hill.
“Never in a million years would we condone that,” McDaniel continued. “Such behavior is appalling. It should never take place. The things that matter in this campaign are his voting record. That’s the only thing that matters.”
But Cochran’s campaign says the timeline of when McDaniel said he learned of the arrest is inconsistent with what his campaign manager told them.
“While there was no public news of the arrest until the Clarion Ledger story at 9:24, so there was no public report of it, so how would the campaign know?” asked Cochran spokesman Jordan Russell. “It’s just an inconsistent story.”