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Dem. Ill. lt. gov. candidate exits race amid furor
The Washington Post ^ | February 7, 2010 | Karen Hawkins

Posted on 02/07/2010 5:58:55 PM PST by Clintonfatigued

The Democratic nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor has dropped out of the race less than a week after winning the nomination amid a political uproar about his past.

Scott Lee Cohen announced his decision Sunday night at a Chicago bar.

The pawn broker and owner of a cleaning supplies company won the nomination Tuesday. Since then, it has become widely know that he was accused of abusing his ex-wife and holding a knife to the throat of an ex-girlfriend.

The girlfriend herself had been charged with prostitution. He also admits using steroids in the past.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who would have been paired with Cohen on the November ticket, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and Sen. Dick Durbin all had urged Cohen to leave the race.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2010; cohen; scottcohen; scottleecohen

1 posted on 02/07/2010 5:58:55 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

I wonder if the lib press is going to blast him as a quitter like they did Sarah?


2 posted on 02/07/2010 6:00:49 PM PST by bilhosty (Don' t tax people tax newsprint)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93; ..

No surprise here. Who will Pat Quinn choose as his running mate? He’s an anti-Machine Democrat who’s been making nice with the Machine crowd lately.


3 posted on 02/07/2010 6:01:11 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping


4 posted on 02/07/2010 6:02:34 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

what’s all the fuss about? that’s a minor league rap sheet for a chicago politician.


5 posted on 02/07/2010 6:02:40 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Sounds like a dem’s resume enhancer to me.


6 posted on 02/07/2010 6:03:04 PM PST by Humidston
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To: Clintonfatigued

Announced during the Super Bowl hoping no one would notice.


7 posted on 02/07/2010 6:03:23 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; BillyBoy; chicagolady; BlackElk; Dr. Sivana; sarasota; PhilCollins; ...

I was going to say Hynes, but after the way Hynes went after Quinn, perhaps not. Maybe the second-place finisher in the Lt Gov race that racked up the endorsements, State Rep. Arthur Turner.


8 posted on 02/07/2010 6:05:06 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Pay Back is a Breach...


9 posted on 02/07/2010 6:06:55 PM PST by tubebender (Thanks to all the Patriots who support Free Republic financially...)
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To: Clintonfatigued

BTTT


10 posted on 02/07/2010 6:07:09 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Clintonfatigued

... but he’s a Democrat ... this should make him a shoe in for winning the election ... must be something we don’t know, probably teaches Sunday School and nobody knows it yet, but its about to break ...


11 posted on 02/07/2010 6:07:43 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: Clintonfatigued

hes a punk roid freak.


12 posted on 02/07/2010 6:08:23 PM PST by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Not a PEEP out of the So-called Mainstream Media!! HYPOCRITES!!!!!


13 posted on 02/07/2010 6:08:46 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

What about that guy who ran the radio commercial in Eubonics?

:::::hides under desk:::::


14 posted on 02/07/2010 6:10:00 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

:) I can’t help but snicker. tee, hee.


15 posted on 02/07/2010 6:12:32 PM PST by cubreporter (Scott Brown turned it all around. The people CAN and DID make a difference!!!)
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To: JohnBrowdie

Chicago politics at its finest. And, these scumbags have the nerve to coin, “handgate.”

These people make me sick! Why do the citizens of IL continue to vote for such bottom feeders?


16 posted on 02/07/2010 6:12:57 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: Clintonfatigued

Kwamee Kilpatrick could have taught him about how to deal with hookers.


17 posted on 02/07/2010 6:13:42 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; Impy

Actually, there is ONE person who could help Quinn out, get him in tight with the Combine... Mark Kirk. He’d be perfect as the Democrat nominee for Lt Governor, and he doesn’t have to change any of his political positions. Can we get him to leave the Senate race to run with Quinn ?


18 posted on 02/07/2010 6:19:04 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Kirk would never run as a Democrat this year. In any event, he would be no worse than Charles Percy, the last Republican Senator there.


19 posted on 02/07/2010 6:24:10 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The men’s room/back room in bars can be very convincing if you know what I mean.......


20 posted on 02/07/2010 6:38:18 PM PST by Genyous
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To: Clintonfatigued
Since Cohen won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, it has become widely known that he was accused of abusing his ex-wife and holding a knife to the throat of an ex-girlfriend - a woman who was herself charged with prostitution. He also admits using steroids in the past.

Had he been a Republican, the ratmedia would have outed him a year ago.

21 posted on 02/07/2010 6:42:50 PM PST by freespirited (Congratulations Senator Brown. One down, 59 to go.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m not understanding the process here. He just won the nomination. Doesn’t that put him in the exact same position as Torricelli was in NJ years ago?

Does this mean a “switcheroo” similar to Lautenberg? Court involvement?

I’m sorry, the primary voters knew who this waste of oxygen was going in, and he won anyway. What is this new standard that party bosses can protect their party’s prospects by undoing the results of the primary?

Am I missing something?


22 posted on 02/07/2010 6:57:12 PM PST by GOP_Resurrected
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To: Clintonfatigued

Fitzgerald was the last Republican senator.


23 posted on 02/07/2010 7:03:49 PM PST by Richard from IL
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To: Clintonfatigued

Coulda fooled me, he’s been running to the left of his Democrat opponents every year, so he’s already an “excellent” Democrat, and he’s worse than Percy. We needed a Fitzgerald to run this year. I’ve endorsed Eric Wallace in the general, and I hope to see Kirk defeated.


24 posted on 02/07/2010 7:06:35 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Richard from IL; fieldmarshaldj

Whoops, I forgot about Peter Fitzgerald, the one-term Senator.


25 posted on 02/07/2010 7:11:02 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: GOP_Resurrected

The deadline to drop out is a far way off in Illinois. In New Jersey, the ‘Rats broke the rules with the help of the state Supreme Court.


26 posted on 02/07/2010 7:11:51 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Richard from IL; Clintonfatigued

Yes. Easy mistake, Percy was the last liberal RINO Senator.


27 posted on 02/07/2010 7:12:17 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; TitansAFC; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

Well he’s out Titans.

I still think they did not plan this though. The negative publicly surely outweighs any benefit to hand picking the fill in (Hynes? A black female?) since the post is so meaningless.


28 posted on 02/07/2010 7:21:21 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; BillyBoy

Since 1950, there have been 12 Senators from IL, you can rank them as such:

The Good:
Everett Dirksen (R)
Peter Fitzgerald (R)
Ralph Smith (R)

The Bad:
Alan J. Dixon (D)
Paul Simon (D)
Adlai Stevenson 3d (D)
Chuck Percy (R)
Paul Douglas (D)

The Ugly:
Roland Burris (D)
Carol Moseley-Braun (D)
Dick Durbin (D)
Zero (D)


29 posted on 02/07/2010 7:21:33 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Ann Archy

They are beyond in the tank. They are the Public Relations Buero for Obama.


30 posted on 02/07/2010 7:29:26 PM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: Clintonfatigued

Okay, so then what, a special primary?


31 posted on 02/07/2010 7:29:32 PM PST by GOP_Resurrected
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy

Interesting history lesson. The conservatives who elected Everett Dirkson have long since died or moved to Phoenix. It’s worth noting that Ralph Smith wasn’t elected, but apponinted after Dirkson died. Part of the reason for Smith’s loss in 1970 was the celebrity of his opponent, Adlai Stevenson III. As for Fitzgerald, the only reason he narrowly won in 1998 was the weakness of Carol Mosley Braun.

On a side note, Ralph Smith ran one of the “law & order” campaigns that many Republicans ran that year, but only a few were successful, most notably Bill Brock’s defeat of Al Gore, Sr. Smith got himself into trouble when he said, “when I look at Stevenson’s record, I see red.” That was considered an insult in those days, before it was conservatives and Republicans who became known as “red.”


32 posted on 02/07/2010 7:30:19 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued

I loathe Paul Simon. I’d put him lower.


33 posted on 02/07/2010 7:31:17 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: GOP_Resurrected

I think that the state party chooses a candidate.


34 posted on 02/07/2010 7:31:26 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Graybeard58

I think Fitzgerald would have beaten Obama. (Maybe Jack Ryan too sans “scandal”.)

By no means would it be assured but I’d call Fitz/Obama 2004 a tossup.

Too many IL freepers are fine with Kirk cause they think “oh conservatives can’t win, Fitzgerald was gonna lose in 2004”.

Fitzgerald would have smoked him downstate just like he did CMB. That was the key to his victory in 98. Bush lost IL by only 10 points or so. You wouldn’t have needed that much crossover.


35 posted on 02/07/2010 7:37:31 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: Impy

I only give Simon grudging credit for #1, taking out the dreadful Percy (frankly, I had to hedge on putting Percy under ugly, especially given his “trendy” anti-Zionism), and #2, ostensibly being somewhat credible on issues such as the Balanced Budget Amendment.


36 posted on 02/07/2010 7:49:09 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Impy

Fitzgerald would’ve won had the Combiner wing of the GOP not spent 6 solid years screwing him with a rusty shiv.


37 posted on 02/07/2010 7:50:48 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy

Paul Simon was the one who leaked the false charges of Anita Hill during the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings. He then lied about his involvement in it.


38 posted on 02/07/2010 7:51:52 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Impy

If you’re talking about 2004, Bush won 44% in Illinois that year. He improved on his 2000 showing in a number of urban states that year by making inroads among urban Catholic voters, many of whom disliked John Kerry,


39 posted on 02/07/2010 7:53:54 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The reason I put Dixon ahead of Simon is because he had the balls to vote for Clarence Thomas (although he later claimed to regret it).


40 posted on 02/07/2010 7:57:21 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Thud

Color me unsurprised by this development.


41 posted on 02/07/2010 8:11:15 PM PST by Dark Wing
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To: Clintonfatigued

Oh but his credentials were SO perfect for a Democrat!


42 posted on 02/08/2010 5:20:51 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Impy

It was absolutely planned all along, you will see.

The negative press means nothing this early on, and the Democrats know it won’t matter - all that matters is bringing a unified Democrat ticket and maximizing city turnout in an off-year election.

Blagojevich had a 29% approval rating, was awash in corruption, and had NOTHING but bad press and he won EASILY four years ago.

The scum on the Left in our state knew EXACTLY what they were doing here...


43 posted on 02/08/2010 6:24:51 AM PST by TitansAFC (Socialism is a disease; Sarah Palin is the cure. Palin/Romney 2012 or Palin/Gingrich 2012!!)
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