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Cohen Reveals He Has a Daughter

From the Commercial Appeal:
Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen caught flak in the blogosphere this week for his mistakenly public tweets of endearment to a Texas college student half his age as the president’s State of the Union address was ending Tuesday night.
Though Cohen, 63 and a bachelor, didn’t own up at first to who she was when the tweets became public, he said Thursday night she is a daughter he didn’t know he had until three years ago.
The 24-year-old Texas college student and swimsuit model is Victoria Elizabeth Brink, who used her Twitter account to write that she was watching Cohen on television in the House of Representatives chamber. The two exchanged tweets during and after the Sate of the Union address.
Brink, a student at Texas State University, is also the daughter of a Texas criminal defense lawyer, Cynthia White Sinatra, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2006 against Libertarian Ron Paul, who was a candidate for president last year.
Cohen declined to describe the affair with Sinatra, saying only, “her mother and I have been friends for a long time.” There had been a hiatus, “but we renewed our friendship when I found out she was the mother of my child.”
According to her law firm web page, Sinatra, 60, is a criminal defense lawyer who was married to Frank Sinatra, Jr., the son of the famous “Old Blue Eyes.” She has represented criminal defendants before the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, including Dragan Jokic, a Bosnia Serb accused of genocide, murder and torture in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

TDOT Manager Accused of Taking $22,000 For Personal Use

An upper-level manager in the Tennessee Department of Transportation has resigned amid an investigation into the alleged misuse of funds in the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, according to the Tennessean.
Elizabeth Hosmer, a finance and marketing administrator with oversight of 350 grants and other contracts, stepped down May 6, according to documents obtained by The Tennessean. Hosmer is accused of misappropriating approximately $22,000 from the GHSO budget. Hosmer declined to comment.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that it is looking into the GHSO at the request of Nashville District Attorney General Torry Johnson.
The TBI informed Transportation officials May 4 of the investigation. Hosmer admitted to the allegation on that day, according to a letter to Commissioner John Schroer from Kendell Poole, the GHSO’s director.
Hosmer joined the GHSO in 2005. Her responsibilities included working with the legislature, the governor’s office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and she helped manage approximately $23 million in federal funds.