Sen. Thad Cochran, the 42-year Senator from Mississippi, apparently didn’t get the memo. Or did he? When asked how Eric Cantor’s loss to Tea Party-backed Dave Brat could effect his race against Tea Party-challenger Chris McDaniel, Cochran appeared confused.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” the 76 year-old said. The reporter had to inform the Senator of the national story before he would comment further. Cantor’s loss sent shockwaves through Washington and dominated headlines for several days. Cantor is the first Majority Leader in American history to lose in a primary race while holding that position.
The Cochran campaign is now pointing to earlier news stories that show Cochran was aware of Eric Cantor’s loss to Dave Brat. However, he told Fox News earlier today that he knew nothing about the Cantor race.
The @FoxNews report about Thad re: Cantor is directly contradicted by stories from two of the largest media outlets in MS…
— Thad for Mississippi (@ThadforMS) June 13, 2014
Ironically, the fact that Cochran commented on the news of Cantor’s loss before he forgot contributes to the growing suspicion that maybe he’s not all there.
“I haven’t followed that campaign very closely,” Cochran said. Cochran received less votes than McDaniel in the June 10 primary, but neither received more than half the vote and will face a runoff on June 24. McDaniel is favored despite Cochran’s financial and political advantages.
“Some win, some lose,” said Cochran, shrugging off the most shocking election news in recent memory. Brat beat Cantor in a blowout victory despite trailing by double digits in every poll leading up to the election.
Cochran’s puzzling admission comes on the heels of his comments that he grew up doing “all kinds of indecent things with animals.”