BTW, it should be noted that Cohen resigned his nomination 5 days after the February 2nd, 2010 Democratic primaries. He was recently replaced on the ballot by Sheila Simon, former Carbondale City Council Woman and daughter of former Illinois US Senator Paul Simon.
Chicago - Former Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen said bowing out of the race under pressure is something he'll regret "for the rest of my life."This man isn't going away. He kept a low profile for quite a while after he resigned his nomination and now all the sudden he has something to say about the state treasurer, Giannoulias. I wonder why he's aiming his guns at him as Giannoulias is reaching a critical moment in his US Senate campaign.
"If I had it to do over again, I might have stayed in," Cohen said during an interview recorded for "FOX Chicago Sunday."
Cohen, the real estate developer and pawnshop owner whose victory in the Democratic primary embarrassed party bosses, also refused to rule out running as a third party candidate for statewide office in 2010.
"Only two things are certain in life ... death and taxes," Cohen told interviewers Jeff Goldblatt and Dane Placko.
After defiantly saying he would not step down, he got a phone call from state Democratic party chair Mike Madigan, who's also the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. He eventually withdrew as the nominee in an emotional press conference five days after the primary. On FOX Chicago Sunday, Cohen said Madigan was "a gentleman" and did not threaten him to get out of the race.
When Placko asked if he'd been threatened by other people, Cohen responded, "No comment at this time."
Cohen also had harsh words for U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, and the process by which his replacement on the ticket was selected.
You know if the ethics problems of Giannoulias, especially with allegations of his family's bank loaning money to organized crime, caused him to drop his Senate bid this could be a huge problem. Especially if the Democrats had to drop another statewide candidate in Cohen because of some type of scandal. This could turn into a bad year for Democrats in this state. Especially if this is proving to be a year where incumbents aren't safe!
Now back to Cohen. He now regrets giving up his nomination, in spite of the firestorm. He may even run as a third-party candidate in this state. Cohen really thinks he has a chance in politics right now!
He's starting to remind me of this congressman from New York, Eric Massa, who resigned his seat last month. He too got an interview (with Glenn Beck) after he left Congress and may well have made himself look worse than he had before he did the interview. I wonder if Cohen will find himself in the same boat!