Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has become the first Senate Republican to say he’ll back Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary.
In an earlier interview with the World-Herald, Cochran seemed to be leaning that way.
“Chuck’s one of my best friends,” Cochran said at the time.
Cochran said he’s known Hagel since the Nebraskan came to Washington as a staffer for then-Rep. John Y. McCollister, R-Neb.
“I got to know him very, very well,” Cochran said. “And he married a girl from Meridian, Mississippi.”
Cochran was referring to Hagel’s wife, Lilibet, who is from Meridian and once worked as a staffer to a Mississippi congressman.