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Tea Party official arrested on allegations of conspiracy during GOP primary race

A top Tea Party official has been arrested on allegations of being part of a conspiracy during a Republican primary election.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) (R) listen to questions during a press conference on Capitol Hill
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Politics can often become ugly but they might have reached a new low in the state of Mississippi. The current primary race to represent the U.S. Senate from Mississippi is between the 34 year incumbent Thad Cochran and his Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. In a bizarre turn of events, political blogger Clayton Kelly, known as "Constitutional Clayton,” was arrested after allegedly breaking into the nursing home where Sen. Cochran's bedridden wife is living. Kelly illegally took pictures of Mrs. Cochran while in the home and posted them to his his blog. Mrs. Cochran is also reportedly suffering from dementia.

After Kelly's arrest, who was then charged with conspiracy, exploitation of a vulnerable adult, and photographing an individual without permission, more information became public.

According to the Clarion Ledger, the vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, Attorney Mark Mayfield, was arrested Thursday along with two others who have been charged with conspiracy and tampering with evidence. After appearing in front of Madison Municipal Judge Dale Danks, Mayfield's bond was set at $250,000.

Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel quickly distanced himself from Kelly, Mayfeild and the others in a statement released by his campaign.

"As we have said since day one, the violation of the privacy of Mrs. Cochran is out of bounds for politics and is reprehensible. Any individuals who were involved in this crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Elections can turn ugly and turn ugly quick, but taking pictures of a bedridden spouse is something that should be out of bounds for any potential candidate.

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