HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran says he thinks it's "kind of amateurish" that someone photographed his ailing wife in a nursing home and used her image in a political video against him.
The six-term Mississippi incumbent said Wednesday that the motivation behind the video is beyond his understanding, and he's leaving the matter to investigators.
Four men, including a blogger, face felony charges in what Madison, Mississippi, police call a conspiracy to exploit a vulnerable person. Police say the video was briefly online April 26.
An investigator has said Rose Cochran's photo appeared at the end of a video alleging that the senator was involved in an inappropriate relationship with another woman. Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell denies that.
Cochran faces state Sen. Chris McDaniel in Tuesday's GOP primary.