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  [U.S. Rep. Steve] Cohen: Race is 'wedge'
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Last EditedServo  Aug 30, 2007 07:52am
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MediaNewspaper - Memphis Commercial Appeal
News DateThursday, August 30, 2007 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCharges of racism and dirty politics filled the airwaves and jammed phone lines Wednesday after a public showdown between a group of Baptist pastors and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.

The Memphis Democrat's appearance at Tuesday's meeting of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association was a hot topic on talk radio, said numerous pastors who also said they fielded calls all day on the subject.

The discussions followed an excoriation of Cohen by some black ministers for his support for a federal hate crimes bill.

But the freshman congressman's endorsement of that bill was eclipsed by charges that Cohen cannot adequately represent the predominately black Ninth District.
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