According to state Senator Steve Cohen, Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz approached Senate Speaker John Wilder to inform him that Cohen would no longer be welcome at the weekly meetings between legislative leaders and Governor Phil Bredesen. Cohen has been -- for lack of a better way of saying it -- freaking out over how the governor is planning to implement and distribute funds raised from the new Tennessee state lottery the same lottery that Cohen championed almost single-handedly for years. Cohen has even created works of political art which supposedly suggest that the state Senate will not be bullied by Governor Bredesen in the same way Nashville's Metro Council was once bullied by Mayor Bredesen. Goetz has been quoted as saying, "[Cohen's] behavior is just inexplicable." But that's not true. Mama always has trouble cutting the apron strings when it's time for her babies to go out into the big old world on their own. [S]he's just going to cry sometimes. It's natural.


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