GOP Sen. Thad Cochran: I Grew Up Doing ‘All Kinds of Indecent Things With Animals’
Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran raised some eyebrows with a recent statement at a speech at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, eluding to illegal activities with animals as a child.
“We’d get back to [the Pine Belt-Hattiesburg area of Mississippi] as often as we could because it was fun – it was an adventure to be out there in the country and see what goes on. Picking up pecans, from that to all kind of indecent things with animals.”
Breitbart reports the audience laughed at the line but Cochran’s facial expression did not change.
He continued, saying “I know some of you know what that is. 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 in this area of the state that’s different than any other.”
Geoff Pender of The Clarion-Ledger described the Senator’s statement as “a joke, apparently about harassing wildlife or livestock.”
When asked about the line, Cochran’s spokesperson Jordan Russell said “I’ll check with my political correctness department and get back to you.”
Tea Partiers trying to unseat Cochran immediately went on attack.
Tea Party News Network’s Scottie Hughes sent an email to Breitbart saying “it’s funny, politicians like Cochran would have been the first to scream foul at this type of comment. They would have said he was insensitive, an embarrassment, and cruel to animals. Yet do we see those like the senators who raised funds for Cochran at the NRSC this week coming out and denouncing his comments and withdrawing their support? Of course not. Maybe birds of a feather do flock together.”