A supporter for Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who was arrested for his alleged connection to the photographing of Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss) wife, committed suicide Friday, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
Mark Mayfield, a leader of the Mississippi Tea Party and officer with the Central Mississippi Tea Party, was one of three men arrested on conspiracy charges after 28-year-old blogger Clayton Kelly allegedly photographed Cochran’s bedridden wife, Rose, at a nursing home where she suffers from progressive dementia. The photos were allegedly used for an anti-Cochran political video that was later taken down.
One of Mayfield’s attorneys confirmed to TPM that he died in an “apparent” suicide. Mayfield had no official role in McDaniel’s failed campaign to oust Cochran in the state’s primary, and McDaniel aides denied any involvement in the incident. But Cochran’s campaign continued to hammer McDaniel over the affair, featuring it in campaign ads up until his loss in the primary runoff Tuesday.
Authorities also brought charges against Richard Sager, an elementary school teacher and John Beachman Mary, a political activist and former member of the Hattiesburg Tea Party.