Can­di­date leaves race amid up­roar over past

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

CHICAGO (AP) — The Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for Illi­nois’ lieu­tenant gov­er­nor dropped out of the race Sun­day night, less than a week af­ter winning the nom­i­na­tion, amid a po­lit­i­cal up­roar about his past.

In an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion at a Chicago bar packed with peo­ple watch­ing the Su­per Bowl, Scott Lee Co­hen said the Democrats were not cer­tain they could win with him on the ticket. Since Co­hen won the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion on Tues­day, it has be­come widely known that he was ac­cused of abus­ing his ex-wife and hold­ing a knife to the throat of an ex­girl­friend — a woman who was her­self charged with pros­ti­tu­tion.

He also ad­mits us­ing steroids in the past.

“For the good of the peo­ple of the state of Illi­nois and the Demo­cratic Party, I will re­sign,” a clearly emo­tional Co­hen said.

Demo­cratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who would have been paired with Co­hen on the Novem­ber ticket, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and Sen. Dick Durbin all had urged Co­hen to leave the race.

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