MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee says he’s “stunned and dismayed” to learn that DNA tests revealed he is not the father of a woman he thought was his daughter.
Cohen issued a statement Thursday after CNN reported that DNA tests showed Victoria Brink isn’t his daughter.
In February, after Twitter messages he sent to the 24-year-old Texas woman during the president’s State of the Union address received media attention, Cohen revealed that he was Brink’s father. He said he learned about the relationship three years ago and was overjoyed.
In Thursday’s statement, he said he still loves Brink and hopes to remain in her life.
Cohen says he was “stunned and dismayed when DNA tests disproved what Victoria and I believed about our relationship.”
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Children’s Services has been found liable in the deaths of a teenager and her foster father and the injuries to her foster mother after the biological father went on a shooting rampage.
Dyersburg resident Susan Randolph told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/14n0BzY) that she and her husband, Todd Randolph, agreed to temporarily take in the 15-year-old daughter of neighbor Chris Milburn at his request on July 30, 2009.
Susan Randolph said Chris Milburn told her husband there was an accusation of inappropriate touching. Randolph said she thought that perhaps there had been some misunderstanding between Chris Milburn and his daughter, and she was never told the extent of the allegations.
It came out in court that Stevie Milburn had reported that her father had given her a black eye that kept her out of school for a week, a burst lip, a smack in the face, a punch in the face with a closed fist and a whipping with a belt. She also said he sexually assaulted her.
DCS also learned of an earlier domestic violence charge against Chris Milburn and a prior DCS report that included the notation that Milburn “acts like a pedophile and dominates his child.”
On Thursday, Duncan will have held Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District On On Thursday,U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. will have held Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District seat for 23 years, 5 months and 19 days — the same amount of time in the same seat previously held by his father, the late John J. Duncan Sr. The next day, the congressman will exceed his father’s service record.
From Michael Collins: “I’m very grateful to the people for allowing me to serve this long — I’ve never taken it for granted,” Duncan said from his Washington office, where a portrait of his father hangs on the wall beside framed, black-and-white snapshots of father and son
(N)ot everyone thinks keeping a congressional seat in the hands of one family for nearly five decades is a good thing.
“The nepotism of that is pretty rough,” said Ray Wotring, a spokesman for U.S. Term Limits, which argues that U.S. House members should serve no more than three terms, or six years, in office.
“If your father spends his life as a congressman — and I’d say 23 years and change is spending a good chunk of your life as a congressman — and then you follow in his footsteps, what kind of grasp of reality can you possibly have?” Wotring said. “It’s tough to vote for the interests of the average American when you are coming from that lifestyle.”
Duncan said he knows there are others who feel that way, “but I’m trying my best not to wear out my welcome,” he said.
“I’m just as enthusiastic about my job now as I always have been, and I’m still working just as hard as I can and going to as many things as I did when I was a freshman or a sophomore in Congress,” he said. “I’m working real hard to show the people I’m not taking this for granted.”
…Besides, he said, longevity has its benefits. Duncan’s nearly 2½ -decade congressional career means he ranks 42 of 435 House members in seniority. Among Republicans, he ranks 13th.
Seniority “has been a big help to me in getting things done around here by knowing so many of the key people and knowing how the system works,” Duncan said. “I don’t think I would have been as effective if I hadn’t had the experience and the time in office that I’ve had.”/
The Court of the Judiciary has issued a public reprimand to Pickett County General Sessions Judge Ronnie Zachary for imposing an inappropriate punishment – namely “handcuffing a father to a son.”
The official letter of reprimand is HERE. (pdf)