Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn): A Crack in His Shield of Invinciblity?

Posted on February 15, 2013 by

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Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn)

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn)

Ok, Steve Cohen lied, at first, but afterward told the truth about his family makeup, but has the damage been done already?  Wait, is there anything damaging about a secret child?  When the national spotlight focused on Cohen did he fail his constituents by attempting to lead the media away from the truth?  These and other questions might find their way into the minds of his constituents.  The number one political question: Is there a crack in the Cohen’s invincible political shield?

This breaking story carries with it some incredible consequences.  Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn) hasn’t made any negative news during his entire congressional career.  To think, he’s elected in a district that’s gerrymander (created for the advantage of black voters) for black Americans; Rep. Cohen is white. This issue has long been fought, but Cohen has consistently defended his black opponents, by doing so, he’s thought to be invincible.  “I vote like a black woman,” he said in an interview. 

Cohen’s actions and responses have come face to face with the issue of trust.  It’s likely that he’ll survive this embarrassment, but what other trust issues are out there.  What if he had told the truth without being pressured?  His daughter is beautiful and talented; who knows she very well could’ve won that seat after her father; that’s the way it’s done in Memphis.

This embarrassment is coming on the heels of Cohen’s Chief Administrative Officer’s firing or resignation; whichever comes first.  Randy Wade is solely responsible for Cohen’s initial victory; he single handily consolidated the black community behind Cohen with a series of planned church appearances and grassroots campaigning never seen before in the black community.

On one hand, there are those who believe that Rep. Cohen is doing a great job, but on the other hand, his constituents are complaining that nothing has been done since his winning of the office; the neighborhoods are still run down, there aren’t any jobs, and he doesn’t visit their communities.  Cohen is an elected official and his scrutiny isn’t unjustified; his constituents must apply more pressure to get the representation that is needed; to bring good paying jobs and newly built communities.

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