Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, who is facing the fight of his political life in a run off election against state senator Chris McDaniel, has admitted to some unexplained youthful indiscretion involving animals.
Touting his strong ties to the area near Pine Bluff, which turned out heavily for McDaniel in the June 3 GOP primary, the 76 year-old Cochran said that he used to play in the countryside as a child.
And that’s not all.
He did “all kinds of indecent things with animals,” he said, according to the Hattiesburg American.
It’s an odd remark in an already bizarre campaign.
Several McDaniel supporters were involved in a plot to take a picture of Cochran’s ailing wife in her residence at a nursing home. And on the night of the June 3 runoff, other McDaniel supporters were found locked inside of the courthouse where votes were being tallied.
Cochran addressed those incidents in his remarks on Tuesday, the Hattiesburg American reported.
Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell downplayed Cochran’s comment about his youthful whimsies with animals.
“I’ll check with my political correctness department and get back to you,” he told The Daily Caller.
McDaniel received around 1,400 more votes than Cochran in the June 3 primary. But with 49.5 percent of the vote to Cochran’s 49 percent showing, McDaniel did not eclipse the 50 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff, which will be held on June 24.