Mississippi Tea Party leader charged with crime commits suicide

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RIDGELAND, MS – What started as shady political dealings in Mississippi has now ended in tragedy.

Mississippi Tea Party leader Mark Mayfield was facing criminal charges for allegedly photographing Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife in her nursing home.

Rose Cochran is suffering from dementia, and the photos were reportedly intended to suggest Cochran had abandoned his sick wife.

But now the investigation is off, because Mayfield was found dead in an apparent suicide.

His wife called cops in Ridgeland, Mississippi, Friday morning to report Mayfield had shot himself at their home.

His death comes on the heels of a vicious Republican primary race between six-term senator Cochran and Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel.

In a statement about Mayfield’s death, the Mississippi Tea Party said, “he was a kind and gentle man, and he will be greatly missed.”

This sad chain of events paints quite an ugly picture of today’s political landscape.

Politics is serious business in this country, but it’s not worth losing your life.