Steve Cohen, a democratic Congressman from Tennessee, has been having a rough time. This week, a paternity test revealed that the child he thought was his illegitimate daughter is actually not his illegitimate daughter. That's the same almost-daughter people had speculated Cohen was having an affair with because he tweeted and then deleted "ilu" at her during the last State of the Union address. But Cohen dug himself even further into a hole today when answered a female reporter's question by telling her that she was "very attractive," but that he had nothing to say about his non-paternity. Yikes.
A recap: for the past three years, Cohen had been living under the assumption that Victoria Brink was his daughter, because he googled her mother and found out she had a child that would have coincided with the time that he'd had a relationship with her. Cohen then contacted Brink and started to get to know her based on that assumption. But CNN apparently decided to do some digging, and discovered that Brink's father is in fact the very man she always thought he was – a Texas oilman. They let Cohen know that his assumption about his newfound daughter was wrong.
"I was overjoyed when I was informed that Victoria was my daughter," Cohen said. "Since then, I have given her my unconditional love and done my best at being a father as I tried to make up for lost time."
So, bro is having a hard time. He thought he had a daughter, and now he doesn't. At least, that's his excuse for why he decided to relay the following comment to RealClearPolitics reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns when she asked him about these recent life changes:
Just asked Rep. Cohen about the paternity test developments and he told me: "You're very attractive, but I'm not talking about it."— Caitlin Huey-Burns (@CHueyBurnsRCP) July 18, 2013
In response to previous tweet, Rep. Cohen came up to me to apologize if he offended. Said its a difficult&personal time for him right now.— Caitlin Huey-Burns (@CHueyBurnsRCP) July 18, 2013
This is maybe the time to take those vacation days you've been saving, Steve.
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