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Thad Cochran's Executive Assistant Accompanied Him to 42 Countries on 33 Taxpayer-Funded Trips
Breitbart ^ | 12 May 2014 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 05/23/2014 11:42:57 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) lives in the basement apartment in a house owned by his executive assistant, Kay Webber, which he has listed as his primary address on official forms. Now public records show Webber accompanied Cochran on dozens of taxpayer-funded trips overseas.

According to the Congressional Record, where trip details including cost are listed, Webber has traveled with Cochran at taxpayer expense to 42 countries across five continents since 2002. 

For example, Cochran and Webber traveled eight times to France, five times to Italy, four times to Israel, and twice to Japan.

The full list of countries they traveled to includes: Italy, France, Brussels, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Hungary, Russia, Norway, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta, Austria, and Czech Republic in Europe; Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile in South America; Guatemala, and Mexico in North and Central America; Japan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Republic of the Philippines, and South Korea in Asia; Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Azerbaijan, Oman, and United Arab Emirates in the Middle East, to Morocco; and Egypt, Cape Verde, and South Africa in Africa.

Other documents show that in 2005 and 2007, the Wine Institute, a trade association that represents the California wine industry, paid for Cochran's and Webber's travel to Sonoma, California for what a disclosure form described as “a fact-finding program on issues of importance to the wine industry.” No other aides attended the trip.

The Congressional Record lists 33 trips that Cochran and Webber attended together. According to that record, the cost to the American taxpayer of Webber's travel was at least $155,000.

Cochran staffers attended many of the trips with him and Webber, as well. For example, Stewart Holmes, who works at the Senate Appropriations Committee for Cochran and formerly advised him on intelligence and national security issues in his

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: cochran; thadcochran

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1 posted on 05/23/2014 11:42:57 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

We could wish that such conduct by his secretary (and lover?) is the worst we ever saw from Congress.

Did she need to go all those places? Dunno. I’d imagine he had some sort of business for her to carry out to at least make it pro forma. But in this internet age, a secretary seems less and less necessary, or she could stay in one place and still assist.

2 posted on 05/23/2014 11:48:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Brussels is a country. Who knew?

3 posted on 05/23/2014 11:54:10 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: SoConPubbie
3 more arrests in Miss. Sen. Cochran photo probe( May 22, 2014 Wash Times ) /
4 posted on 05/24/2014 12:00:36 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. I won. ')
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To: SoConPubbie

“would you like to go upstairs?” /very obscure

5 posted on 05/24/2014 12:15:28 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: NonValueAdded

How about info on how many “family members” barry schleps around the world at tax payers expense.

6 posted on 05/24/2014 3:25:54 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: Fred911

I’m sitting here trying think of a good reason why any congressman or senator should ever have to travel outside the US.

7 posted on 05/24/2014 4:57:14 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Thad knows how hard it is to line up quality prostitutes in a foreign country,especially on short notice.So he takes his own.
8 posted on 05/24/2014 5:49:10 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: NonValueAdded

"Why don't come up some time and see me?"

9 posted on 05/24/2014 7:18:57 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: sickoflibs; cotton1706

Hey Cotton, can you post the ratings for Cochran on this thread?

10 posted on 05/24/2014 8:53:23 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Dusty Road

It’s not so much the foreign travel as the two trips, for two, to California wine country to look into producing wine. Because Mississippi has such a thriving wine industry...

11 posted on 05/24/2014 8:55:40 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Rodamala

That is so perfect.

12 posted on 05/24/2014 10:02:57 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: SoConPubbie

Cochran (MS) - 06/03/14 - 54% (Average) - 57% (Heritage) - 56% (CFG) - 60% (ACU) - 41% (FreedomWorks)

13 posted on 05/24/2014 1:19:14 PM PDT by cotton1706 (
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To: cotton1706

Does Travis Childers have a rating for his time in DC?

Just asking...

14 posted on 05/24/2014 3:14:21 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

His ACU ratings for 2009 and 2010 were 40 and 35.

15 posted on 05/24/2014 4:02:19 PM PDT by cotton1706 (
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