Sen. Thad Cochran, challenger in spat over photo

AP News
Posted: May 21, 2014 1:52 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign says his Republican primary challenger failed to report a potential crime to authorities after learning someone briefly posted an online video with an unauthorized photo of Cochran's bedridden wife in a nursing home.

Challenger Chris McDaniel says he had nothing to do with the video and won't engage the Cochran campaign in an "absurd witch hunt."

Wednesday's exchange came a day before a scheduled court appearance for Clayton Thomas Kelly, a conservative blogger who's charged with a felony, exploiting a vulnerable adult.

Authorities say Kelly photographed Rose Cochran, without permission, in the nursing home where she has lived the past 13 years.

Cochran faces McDaniel in the June 3 primary. McDaniel is a state lawmaker.