Speaker Pelosi in Tennessee to Aid Cohen Campaign 

First-term 9th District congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis has long indicated that he intends to call on some heavy guns to support his reelection campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives And one of the heaviest -- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi - turned up as the guest of honor at one of several Cohen fundraisers held in Nashville on Monday.

A press release put out by the Cohen campaign quotes Pelosi as saying some handsome things indeed about the Memphis freshman and former longtime state senator. Among her reported observations: "His years of experience in Tennessee allowed him to hit the ground running when he reached the United States Congress." Calling Cohen "a progressive and an important member of the Transportation Committee," Pelosi ratcheted up her praise to the point, says the release, of calling Cohen "the conscience of the freshman class."

On hand for some or all of the events in Nashville were Democratic congressional colleagues John Tanner, Bart Gordon, and Jim Cooper, as well as former Public Service Commission chairperson and gubernatorial candidate Jane Eskind.

Cohen has no Republican opposition this year, but he faces primary challenges from Nikki Tinker, who was runner-up to him in the Democratic primary two years ago, state representative Joe Towns, James Gregory, and Isaac Richmond.

--Jackson Baker

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