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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.

On the Senate District 6 Candidates (and a bit of creationism)

Metro Pulse has a report today on the four women running to replace Jamie Woodson in the state Senate District 6 seat. In an overview piece, there are short profiles on the candidates with each given a label in the headline: Becky Duncan Massey, “the legacy;” Marilyn Roddy, “the thinker:” Victoria DeFreese, “the outsider;” and Gloria Johnson, “the carpetbagging Democrat.”
Massey, Roddy and DeFreese square off in a Republican primary Sept. 27. Johnson is assured of the Demcoratic nomination, meaning she’ll face the GOP primary winner in Novwember.
There’s a separate Q&A piece, wherein the candidates answer questions on issues.
As an interesting example, they were asked about Rep. Bill Dunn’s bill to protect from discipline teachers who promote alternatives to scientific theories — as in creationism as an alternative to evolution.
None of the Republican candidates had ever heard of the bill, which passed the House last session and will be before the Senate next year. But two – Massey and DeFreese – volunteered that they support teaching creationism in schools , which would be going a lot further than Dunn’s bill goes in promoting creationism. Roddy dodged a direct answer on whether she would vote for the bill, even after the reporter provided her with the text of the bill and an article on the measure.
Democrat Johnson flatly opposed the measure.

A Third Woman Enters GOP Primary for Senate District 6 Seat

Former Knox County Commissioner Victoria DeFreese plans to join Knoxville City Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy and Sertoma Center Executive Director Becky Duncan Massey in seeking the Republican nomination for the 6th District state Senate seat in the special election this summer, reports Georgiana Vines.
DeFreese, an educator who just completed a term of teaching sixth grade at Whittle Springs Middle School, served on County Commission for nearly eight months in 2008 as an appointee during the term-limit controversy in which 12 Knox County officeholders left office.
She has been active in the South Doyle Area Homeowners Association. The district is in the south, northeast and west areas of the city and county.
DeFreese said her background in education makes her the “best replacement” for )Sen. Jamie) Woodson, who chaired the Senate Education Committee and worked to reform education during her tenure.
“I am running for the state Senate because I really want to represent those working in the trenches,” DeFreese said. She said she will take advantage of social media to get her message out and will be her own treasurer.
…A movement on Facebook seeks to draft actor David Keith as a Democratic candidate for the Senate seat. While he’s being encouraged on Facebook to run, it isn’t clear if he’s seriously considering it. He did not return a phone call seeking comment.