Steve Cohen is running for re-election in the 9th congressional district in Tennessee. He is being opposed in the primary by Nikki Tinker. The primary started off on a bad foot when voters received a flier saying that Cohen, a Jew, could not represent the district because the Jews hate Jesus. Last week there was an ad trying to connect the incumbent with the KKK (sorry Nikki the KKK hates blacks but “they ain’t too crazy” bout the Jews either). Now Ms Tinker is running an ad that says that Cohen voted against school prayer (which he didn’t) trying to question his religious convictions (see above).
You know, Cohen was an early supporter of Senator Obama, I wonder why a Post-racial candidate trying to gain support within the Jewish community doesn’t come out in favor of Cohen and against Ms Tinker’s racist and bigoted nonsense?:
The campaign of Democratic attorney Nikki Tinker is increasingly using issues of race and religion to attack freshman Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a white Jewish congressman representing a majority-black Memphis district.
Just days after airing a racially charged ad connecting Cohen with the Ku Klux Klan, the Tinker campaign is up with a new ad not-too-subtly questioning his religious convictions.
“Who is the real Steve Cohen, anyway?” a narrator says as a child is heard praying in the background . “While he’s in our churches clapping his hands and tapping his feet, he’s the only senator who thought our kids shouldn’t be allowed to pray in school. Congressman, sometimes apologies just aren’t enough.”
The apology line appears to be a veiled reference to Cohen’s just-passed legislation in Congress that apologizes to African- Americans for the “fundamental injustice” of slavery and racial segregation.
“He’s never voted against prayer in school. It’s an out-and-out lie. This is desperation upon desperation,” said Cohen campaign manager Jerry Austin. Cohen planned to hold a press conference Wednesday morning to respond to the new ad.
Cohen already has been the target of an anti-Semitic mailer was distributed earlier this year in the district. The flier said that “Cohen and the Jews HATE Jesus” and called upon “Black Christians” to support one “Black Christian” and oppose “this opponent of Christ and Christianity.”
Tinker is facing Cohen in a rematch of their 2006 primary. Until this week, she had been running a low-profile primary campaign, concentrating on biographical spots. The primary is Thursday.