Cohen Plays Hardball on the Tea Party Issue

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Cohen with Chris Matthews on "Hardball"

9th District congressman Steve Cohen continues to be the focus of attention — national as well as local — on the issue of Tea Partiers and who they are.

Most recently the congressman was Chris Matthews' guest on Thursday's installment of the MSNBC cable show Hardball. Did he walk back his statements critical of Tea Partiers? He did not. Check out the congressman's appearance here.

Locally, Cohen was a guest this week at Republic Coffee's weekly series of open chats with political newsmakers. There was some spirited back-and-forth between Cohen and members of the Tea Party movement at that event. Video of that conversation — which was part confrontation and part genuine dialogue — is available at the Blue Collar Republican blog..

And the Flyer's cover story this week in part discusses the contretemps and related circumstances.

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