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  What Does Tinker Think?
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Last EditedServo  Aug 31, 2007 09:04am
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MediaNewspaper - Memphis Flyer
News DateWednesday, August 29, 2007 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNext year's Democratic primary will see a return match of Steve Cohen vs. Nikki Tinker for the right to represent the 9th District (an area which dovetails, more or less, with Memphis) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

We have generally favored Cohen's positions -- and certainly his style -- since we started observing him years ago as a state legislator. But the fact remains that we, like most local observers, were decidedly impressed by several figures in last year's congressional race and would have been content if any of half a dozen of them had been elected.

Frankly, we never quite put Nikki Tinker in that category, though we certainly understood her appeal to many people -- enough of them, along with formidable sources of financial support, to make her runner-up to Cohen in last year's primary. Our basic problem with her was that she declined, early or late, to stake out positions on the major issues. The sentimental story she kept telling about her grandmother was all well and good, but her prospective constituents deserved to know more about her views on the major issues of war and peace and governmental policy. For better and for worse, we know where Cohen stands on things.

Unhappily, Tinker has shown no more inclination than she did last year to convey her thoughts on the issues.
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