Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pawnbroker campaigns for redemption

The last time Illinois voters got a good look at Scott Lee Cohen he was sitting in a bar, choking back tears. But if he has his way, Democratic leaders might be crying come November.

Mr. Cohen withdrew as the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in a weepy February press conference at a local tavern. Now Mr. Cohen is running again, this time for governor as an independent.

Part of Mr. Cohen's strategy is to appeal to African-Americans, who generally vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.

"If he starts making inroads among blacks...that's just a nightmare" for Gov. Quinn, said Kent Redfield, a political scientist at the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Redfield's comments were featured in a August 19, 2010, article in The Wall Street Journal.

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