Chris McDaniel’s Strategist Blames Tea Party Leader’s Suicide On Opponent’s Campaign


Mark Mayfield, one of the leaders of the Central Mississippi Tea Party and a key supporter of Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel during his recent US Senate campaign, was found dead Friday of a gunshot wound. The cause of death is being investigated as a suicide. Mayfield had been arrested and indicted in May along with two others in a case surrounding the alleged break-in of a nursing home where Senator Thad Cochran’s wife resides. Apparently, Mayfield and others were trying to get footage of Cochran’s wife, who suffers from severe dementia and has lived in the nursing home since 2001, to use in an attack ad against Cochran.

Immediately after the news hit about Mayfield’s death, one of McDaniel’s campaign staffers, Keith Plunkett, took to Twitter and decided to blame Cochran’s campaign for Mayfield’s death. The tweet, sent out at 10:14 AM on Friday, has since been deleted by Plunkett. However, as we all know, nothing can ever really be deleted from the internet. Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed has the screengrabs of the tweets here. Below is the text of the tweet:

A good man is gone today bc of a campaign to destroy lives. To all “so called” Republican leaders who joined lockstep: I WILL NOT REST!

Per Gideon Resnick at The Daily Beast, Plunkett posted similar thoughts on his Facebook page. He has since deleted that post as well.



In a moment lacking in even the smallest amount of self-awareness, Plunkett told MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin on Friday that the reaction and “politicization” of Mayfield’s involvement in the Cochran nursing home break-in was “beyond the pale.”

“The politicization of the incident was beyond the pale. It was an attack on a good man that is well respected. I’ve never met a person that had a bad word to say about him.”

Yet, blaming your opponent’s campaign for the DEATH of that person is completely and totally reasonable. Got it.

Currently, McDaniel has yet to concede after losing to Cochran in the Republican primary runoff election on Tuesday. McDaniel claims that the results are illegal since he is absolutely sure that Democratic voters crossed over and voted for Cochran. McDaniel feels that a large number of voters that voted in the Democratic primary a few weeks ago voted in this runoff election. He also cites a Mississippi election law that states that voters in a primary election must intend to support the same candidate in the general election. A federal appeals court ruled in 2008 that the law is unenforceable.



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  • I don't have any comment on this man's suicide yet until the facts are all in.

    But the RW twitter verse has already tried to play judge and jury.

    • Apparently the guy left a suicide note, so we will see what comes out.
      We the good white people of the great state of Miss lost. So I will fall on my sword so I wont be forced to tell all I know. The end

      Coward. Not for what he did but for taking his own life. Did once did he think of his loved ones?

  • "However, as we all know, nothing can ever really be deleted from the internet."

    Good .. could you get Lois Lerner's e-mails for us then?

    • the Bush White House conveniently lost 22 million emails during the Plamegate investigation that led to the conviction of Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby.

      About 50 Bush White House staffers had used email accounts provided by the Republican National Committee to sidestep federal laws regarding the preservation of digital records. But as CNET reported at the time, Congressman Issa wasn't concerned about potential crimes, but only the cost of investigating them:

      "Are we simply going on a fishing expedition at $40,000 to $50,000 a month?" Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked National Archives and White House officials at the time.

      Oh, and Issa blamed the matter on faulty IBM software. Not Bush or his Administration, but software.

      Irony....How sweet and delicious!

    • Could you get back the 300 thousands plus Iraqi lives that have been deleted by the Bush/Cheney republican White House. How about the 4800 dead American lives deleted in the illegal invasion of Iraq by the Bush/Cheney republican White House. How about 14 thousand American soldiers that have had their arms, legs, faces and minds deleted by the Bush/Cheney republican White House. Your republican selective memory loss ( I.E deletion ) is as despicable and disgusting as, well, you are. You miserable little bed wetting GOP TWERP.

  • Well, it's sad when anyone commits suicide, however guilt can get the best of anyone.
    Anyone who wants to blame the Cochran campaign is just crazy.
    Why not blame who is really at fault, Chris McDaniel and his campaign.

    • GOPTPers know they never have to say they're sorry in a sincere way or take responsibility for anything because any lie they tell, their party members will believe. Remember, Dinesh D'Souza lied and blamed his breaking campaign finance laws on Pres. Obama, right up to the point where he admitted guilt in front of the judge. Millions of RWers believed him and ended up looking like fools hen he admitted he did it and Pres. Obama had nothing to do with it. I think Mayfield was feeling sorry for himself and thinking about losing his la license and serving some time in prison and just couldn't face it. Those like Plunkett who are talking about him having been a "good" man don't realize that someone who is truly a good person wouldn't plot with others to take advantage of the disabled (Mrs. McDaniel) to win a political race or anything else.

      • Edit~

        "... and ended up looking like fools when he admitted he did it and it was revealed that Pres. Obama had nothing to do with it. I think Mayfield was feeling sorry for himself and thinking about losing his law license and serving some time in prison and just couldn't face it."

        W key is sticking for some reason

  • if he couldn't take the heat, he should have stayed out of the kitchen. sneaking into a nursing home to take pics of a defenseless woman was amoral. and he is old enough to have known better.

    so now he blows his brains out, and pluckett wants to blame it on black voters who chose cochran instead of the anti reparation, bigoted, anti government mcdaniel? give me a break!!
    if he thinks the heat is bad now, wait until he arrives in his new home! it's even worse.

  • I'm still trying to wrap my head around the Reich Wingers thinking that shooting an unarmed person is "stand your ground" okay and caused by the actions of the person who was shot...but when someone kills themselves it is someone elses fault.

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