A conservative blogger was arrested Saturday after allegedly trespassing at the nursing home where Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's wife lives, and posting a picture of the Republican's spouse online without permission.
Cochran's wife, Rose Cochran, suffers from dementia, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. She lives at the St. Catherine's Village retirement home in Madison, Miss., where she is bedridden.
Clayton Thomas Kelly runs a political blog called Constitutional Clayton, where he posted a story April 26 attacking Cochran and supporting state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who's challenging Cochran in the state's GOP Senate primary this year.
The piece included a picture taken bedside in Rose Cochran's room at the nursing home, where she has lived since 2000.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that in a press release, the Madison Police Department said that Kelly "had illegally and improperly obtained an image of a vulnerable adult resident without their consent for his own benefit." He was charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult, and his bond was set at $100,000.
In a statement, the Cochran's' attorney, Donald Clark, said his clients' "privacy and dignity have been violated," according to the Clarion-Ledger.
"We became aware of an unauthorized picture, posted on the Internet, of Mrs. Cochran, taken literally in her room by her bedside at St. Catherine's," Clark said. "Sen. Cochran retained my law firm on this matter, and we looked at various legal options. We notified the proper authorities, which in this case is the city of Madison Police Department."
McDaniel is running to Cochran's right in the June 3 primary. McDaniel's campaign denies having ties to Kelly.
Condemnation of the alleged act was swift and severe.
I first heard of the Mississippi blogger story regarding Thad Cochran's wife hours ago and it still makes me want to take a shower.- Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) May 18, 2014
Every campaign reporter in DC knows that McDaniel camp has been shopping ugly, personal hits on Cochran for weeks. Can't deny that. #MSsen- Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) May 17, 2014
There is a quixotic passion that afflicts young operatives & journalists, which--if unchecked by compassion--leads to horrific acts.- Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) May 17, 2014