Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here We Go Again: There’s Still a Race On in the 9th?

Bergmann vs. Cohen, really? Well, it appears both sides are taking it seriously, at least for the record.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 7:13 AM

click to enlarge Republican Charlotte Bergmann (right, foreground), here with boosters (including former  Ambassador and presidential candidate Alan Keyes, 2nd from left) will try again in he general election against incumbent Steve Cohen, newly victorious in the Democratic primary. - JB
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  • Republican Charlotte Bergmann (right, foreground), here with boosters (including former Ambassador and presidential candidate Alan Keyes, 2nd from left) will try again in he general election against incumbent Steve Cohen, newly victorious in the Democratic primary.

For what it’s worth, there’s still unfinished business — technically, at least — the 9th Congressional District, where incumbent Steve Cohen compiled a 2 to 1 win last week over challenger Ricky Wilkins.

In today’s email is a press release entitled “Super PAC Behind BEAT LAMAR/ Launches BEAT STEVE COHEN,/ Endorses Charlotte Bergmann,” the first few paragraphs of which read as follows:

Spring Hill, TN—The Real Conservatives National Committee, the Spring Hill, Tennessee Super PAC behind the BEAT LAMAR project, announced today that it is launching a second new project, BEAT STEVE COHEN, and is endorsing Charlotte Bergmann, the Republican nominee who is challenging Representative Cohen (D-TN) in the Ninth Congressional District general election this November.

Michael Patrick Leahy, who organized BEAT LAMAR, BEAT JIM COOPER, and now BEAT STEVE COHEN, said "Steve Cohen is an amnesty supporting Democrat who represents the interests of crony capitalists who want lower wages, and not the residents of the 9th Congressional District, who want real jobs and better wages. Steve Cohen is supposed to represent Memphis, Tennessee. Instead, he represents Washington D.C. lobbyists and Silicon Valley billionaires who want open borders. His support for those policies actively hurts the personal economic interests of every voter in the 9th Congressional District.”

"The Real Conservatives National Committee is pleased to announce our endorsement of Charlotte Bergmann, Congressman Cohen's challenger in the November general election," Leahy said.

The decision to endorse Charlotte Bergmann, the uncontested winner of the August 7th Republican Congressional primary in the 9th Congressional District, was made after Lindsay Krout, the Memphis team captain for BEAT LAMAR, vetted Ms. Bergmann in an informal but hard hitting question and answer session held last Friday…

Meanwhile, is Cohen blowing off this renewed challenge on behalf of a general election opponent he beat in 2010 in his overwhelmingly Democratic district by a 3 o 1 margin (the same ratio of Cohen’s victory in 2012 over Republican George Flinn)?

He is not. Here is his own email release in yesterday’s email, followed by a renewed appeal for donations to Cohen’s reelection campaign:

Please Keep Your Cohen For Congress Yard Sign Up!

Thank you for your support in the Democratic Congressional Primary last week. I appreciate your support and your confidence in me and my work.

We still have a Tea Party Republican opponent in the November General Election. So I ask you for another favor: Please keep your yard sign up until after the General Election. Or if you prefer, you can put the sign in your garage until around October 1 and then get it back out.

I thank you for your ongoing support.

As always, I remain,

Steve Cohen



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