Cohen Gets Another Endorsement From Obama

Presidential nod is 3rd straight for congressman in a contested Democratic primary.

Posted by Jackson Baker on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:22 AM

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For the third election cycle in a row, 9th District congressman Steve Cohen has been endorsed in the course of a contested Democratic primary by President Barack Obama.

Cohen, who is opposed in the primary by lawyer Ricky Wilkins, announced the presidential endorsement — an echo of previous primary-season endorsements in 2010 and 2012 — at a press conference at his Midtown home. Obama’s statement, released later via email, reads as follows:

"Congressman Steve Cohen has been a leader on justice and civil rights issues and has worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents. His focus on bringing good jobs, affordable health care, and world class education to Tennessee is why I am proud to once again support his re-election."

The formal response of Cohen, who was an early endorser of Obama's presidential hopes in 2008, went this way:

"It has been my privilege to work with President Obama to make America more fair and just. Whenever I meet with him, we talk about Memphis and the needs of its citizens. I am always impressed with his compassion, dedication and determination on our behalf. I appreciate the President's faith in me, together we will continue to work every day to ensure that America is a country where if you work hard and play by the rules you get a fair shot."

At the press conference, Cohen, who affixed a 2012 Obama/Cohen button to his lapel in the course of the press conference, underscored the importance of the endorsement by saying that, in a time of Republican muscle-flexing in Congress, it was still possible to “get things done with the Administration,” and he enumerated a series of grants and appointments he said he’d been able to push through — aided both by the Administration and by what the congressman described as a good relationship with Tennessee’s Republican senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

Looking ahead politically, Cohen said he’d always been close to Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well.

Asked about other matters:

Cohen said he was surprised by Monday’s announcement from the United Auto Workers that the union was dropping its appeal to the National Labor Relations Board regarding an adverse vote on representation of workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.

The congressman responded to suggestions that local Democrats had acquired a new political “boss” in Judge Joe Brown, the former Criminal Court judge and TV personality who is now a candidate for District Attorney General.

“Bruce Springsteen is ‘the Boss,” Cohen jested, adding, more seriously, that people didn’t need any bosses and should be free to make “their own free choices.” He applied that judgment retroactively to the erstwhile political reigns of Ed “Boss” Crump and former congressman Harold Ford Sr., though he gave both points for positive accomplishments.

Asked about endorsements of his own in this campaign year, Cohen mentioned the names of Assessor Cheyenne Johnson and County Commission candidates Melvin Burgess, Reginald Milton, Willie Brooks, and Van Turner. “So far, that’s it,” he said, eschewing any statement of preference in the Democratic mayoral field of Steve Mulroy, Deidre Malone, and Kenneth Whalum. “I’ve got too many friends in the race,” he said.

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When Tennessee catches up on the legal marijuana trend, make sure that you voice support allowing individual citizens to grow their own. The taxes will sway legislators to "make it right" for all of us who have been suffering through being "criminals" all these years. I want to be able to grow my own. I stay in practice by growing tomatoes for the last 20 years. I know you support the legislation. Now that pot is legal, I can't afford it. The 36% tax rate is astronomical. This is not right. Good luck in the Primary. Ron

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Posted by RON EASLEY on 04/22/2014 at 4:14 PM

If I were running for re-election, the last endorsement I would want would be from a president that spoke with a forked-tongue when he told every American they could keep their existing healthcare insurance plans, their doctors and save $2,500.00 a year, "period".

Or told Americans that an obscure amateur internet video sparked a well-planned terrorist raid that killed four Americans, including our ambassador in Benghazi, Libya.

Or used his power of presidential privilege to shield and protect a corrupt and "in contempt of congress" Attorney General for his part in Operation Fast & Furious that killed hundreds of Mexican nationals and two U.S. government agents.

It is kind of strange that many Progressive Democratic Senators up for re-election next November are aren't seeking Obama's endorsement, but Cohen is.

Lord knows the folks who vote for Progressive Democrats in District 9 have slim pickings for U.S. House representation, so I guess a professional boot-licking politician, who states he has close relationships to the totalitarians in D.C., is the best they're gonna' get.

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Posted by Nightcrawler on 04/23/2014 at 10:20 AM

Nightcrawler, Cohen is not pandering to the voters he know is not going to vote for him. He's pandering to the 65% (black) voters in the 9th Congressional District by dropping the name of Obama.

He's worried, he might lose this election. Obama does not have a clue what goes on in Memphis, TN in the 9th Congressional District...He does not have a clue that Cohen has done nothing for the least of thee, only the rich and helping them get richer.

For Cohen to lose this election would create better conditions in the poor part of Memphis...Cohen knows his District is the poorest in the nation and he does nothing about it...I hope he lose this election. Cohen makes $170, 000.00 a year for what?...He is doing absolutely nothing!

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Posted by JustRight on 04/23/2014 at 7:59 PM

Im not looking at who endorse you im looking at what you have done for the 9th congressional dist before i cast my vote.

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Posted by Do your job on 04/23/2014 at 8:11 PM

Cohen is hard working ,effective,and approachable.No Junior!

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Posted by Democrat on 04/23/2014 at 10:14 PM

I'm told differently about the Barack Obama endorsement, according to my Washington BLACK sources there. But even if he has done so on the down low (quietly), it is because it is widely and well known that he (Obama) is a puppet on a chain of the Jews that brought him to Washington in the first place, and are in FULL control of everything that he says and does. Why, everyone in Washington knows this. They also control Valerie Jarrett, Michelle Obama, Susan Rice, and Eric Holder. So he could not possibly say NO to a Cohen endorsement, IF HE WANTED TO. So hopefully the black voters of Memphis, will understand that this little boy in Washington is not making ANY decisions there, but it's all the doings of the Jews, and those other whites of Harvard, Yale and Princeton. (sic, sic, sic) So PAY NO ATTENTION TO ANY SUCH ENDORSEMENT. And do NOT support this anti-Jesus, anti-Christian Jews, who would not VOTE FOR JESUS. --- Rev. George Brooks

Posted by Rev. George Brooks on 07/25/2014 at 7:10 PM

You know Rev, I'm not really in a position to disprove your conspiracy theory, but it is more likely Cohen received the endorsement from Obama because he was the only incumbent to ask for it. :)

Posted by GWCarver on 07/26/2014 at 12:25 AM

I must agree with Pfarrer Brooks. Jews are much to blame with the Civil Rightsing, horror that has afflicted Tennessee and the South. They even sacrificed their hell bent lives in this anti Christian conspiracy. Once we get rid of the Jews, we should have a clear path to getting blacks back on the plantation where they belong.

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