The Sad Decline of Thad Cochran

Oct 20, 2017

Last week it came out that a Washington DC pharmacy may be delivering Alzheimer’s medications to members of Congress. This week, a “frail and at times disoriented” Thad Cochran, Senator from Mississippi, returned to the Capitol. “He was unable to answer whether he would remain chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and at one point, needed a staffer to remind him where the Senate chamber is located.” When asked if he was planning to remain chairman of the Appropriations Committee, he responded by repeating the question, “As chairman of the Appropriations Committee?” The aging senator had to be guided by staff members around a security checkpoint. Senator Cochran was first elected to Congress in 1972. He’s remained a member of Congress for the subsequent 45 years. The senator will be 80 in two months. He may not be able to remain a functioning member of the Senate much less head of the Appropriations Committee.