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McDaniel Campaign Staffer Blames Tea Party's Leader Suicide On Political Opponents

"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!"

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The strange and ugly Mississippi Republican Senate primary turned tragic when Mark Mayfield was found dead Friday. Mayfield was a lawyer and board member of the Central Mississippi tea party and one of the alleged conspirators in the case surrounding the break-in and photographing of incumbent Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's bedridden wife in her nursing home.

Mayfield's death was an apparent suicide, according to reports.

On Twitter, one high-level McDaniel staffer, policy director Keith Plunkett wrote:

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!

Keith Plunkett@Keithplunkett

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!

11:14 AM - 27 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Keithplunkett will put down as "first to try to use this for political gain." You should be ashamed of yourself.

SipConservative@Sipconservative

@Keithplunkett will put down as "first to try to use this for political gain." You should be ashamed of yourself.

11:37 AM - 27 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Sipconservative there's no gain for anyone in this. It's tragic. Make political hay if you want. Your sick.

Keith Plunkett@Keithplunkett

@Sipconservative there's no gain for anyone in this. It's tragic. Make political hay if you want. Your sick.

12:00 PM - 27 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The McDaniel campaign repeatedly denied being involved with the photographing of Cochran's wife.

BuzzFeed previously reported Wikipedia edits tied Plunkett to Richard Sager one of the other three men arrested in the break-in.

Cochran bested McDaniel in a primary runoff Tuesday to secure the Republican Senate nomination in Mississippi.

McDaniel has refused to concede and is currently weighing challenging the results.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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