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  EMILY's List endorses challenger to Cohen
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Last EditedRBH  May 31, 2008 12:55am
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News DateFriday, May 30, 2008 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFor the second time this election cycle, the influential abortion-rights women’s fundraising group EMILY’s List is taking on a sitting Democratic member of Congress.

The group endorsed attorney Nikki Tinker over freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen (D-Tenn.) for the Aug. 7 Democratic primary in the Memphis-based district. Tinker narrowly lost to Cohen in the 2006 Democratic primary, and has been preparing for a comeback since announcing her candidacy in March.

“This is an extraordinary circumstance for us. We don’t make these decisions lightly,” said EMILY’s List spokeswoman Ramona Oliver. “Nikki ran a strong race in 2006 has put a strong race together in 2008, and she’s the only woman in this race.”

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Cohen’s campaign manager said that EMILY’s List endorsement is “all about gender” and not about policy.

“Steve Cohen doesn’t have the proper plumbing for EMILY’s List. His record as a state senator and congressman doesn’t mean anything to EMILY’s List because he’s not the right gender,” said Cohen campaign manager Jerry Austin.

“Is there one piece of legislation that Cohen supported or sponsored that EMILY’s List would have a problem with? The answer is no."
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