In a public speech made at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Tuesday June 10, 2014, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) told his audience, supposedly as a joke, that he engaged in inappropriate activities with animals as a kid when visiting the central part of the state, according to the video posted by The Clarion Ledger.
While the audience did indeed laugh at his odd statement, it is unclear as to why this is funny. Cochran spoke of being in the Pine Belt as “an adventure” to “see what goes on” in that part of the country. He went on to remark “I know some of you know what that is,” in regard to stating he did “all kinds of indecent things with animals.”
The Pine Belt is where his opposition, conservative State Senator Chris McDaniel (R), outperformed him in Tuesday's primary.
Further, the senator said, “The whole point of the story is not just coming here to visit cousins and get to know aunts and uncles better, you absorb the culture and you know what’s important to people here. I feel very comfortable here and have an identity with this area of the state that’s different than any other.”
When questioned by the Daily Caller about Cochran's remark of doing indecent things with animals, campaign spokesman Jordan Russell replied “I’ll check with my political correctness department and get back to you.”
Though Cochran was trying to bond with his constituents by reminiscing about his childhood in MS, linking inappropriate behavior with animals to the culture of the area may not have been the way to go about it.
Cochran only scored a 20 out of 100+ (the plus is extra credit) on the 2013 Humane Society Legislative Fund Scorecard.
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