Tinker Blames Cohen for Hate Crimes Controversy 

Finally, a response to the Hate Crimes Bill furor from Congressional candidate Nikki Tinker. To this point, a noncommittal Tinker had studiously maintained her silence while what many regard as a surrogate attack on her behalf has been mounted against incumbent U.S. Representative Steve Cohen:

Apparently joining in the attack, led by LaSimba Gray and others, Tinker had this to say Thursday about the congressman's reaction to the ambush reception that greeted him when he met Tuesday with members of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association:

"Rep. Cohen is playing the worse [sic] kind of politics and attempting to lay his failure to have a positive and constructive dialogue with the constituents at my feet -- and his accusations are pure fiction. I am not going to play the politics of divide and conquer with Rep. Cohen -- my values simply will not allow it."

Tinker's emailed statement, reported in Friday's editions of The Commercial Appeal, was her evident response to the newspaper's persistent inquiries.

Like Cohen, the CA has been the target of organized hostility from the Association, which has announced a boycott effort against the newspaper.

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