Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

Thad Cochran out.

Four years after Tea Party activists nearly unseated Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the establishment senator is stepping down due to health problems. The Associated Press' Emily Wagster Pettus has the story:

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Republican Thad Cochran of Mississippi, tells The Associated Press he will resign April 1 because of health problems.

The 80-year-old Cochran stayed home for a month last fall with urinary tract infections, returning to Washington in October to give Republicans the majority they needed to pass a budget plan.

Cochran says in a statement Monday that he will fulfill his responsibilities to Mississippi and the Senate "through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle."

Cochran was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978 after six years in the House of Representatives. Republican Governor Phil Bryant will appoint a temporary replacement before a special election will be held to fill the rest of the term, through January 2021.