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Never Underestimate the Power of A Woman: Another Politician Taken Down For Domestic Violence Allegations

February 8, 2010

The Democratic candidate for the gubernatorial race has just stepped down from his position in the candidacy pool amid allegations of domestic violence that include holding a knife to a former girlfriend’s throat.

a tearful Scott Lee Cohen said the Democrats were not certain they could win with him on the ticket. He said he was stepping down because he did not want to jeopardize the Democratic Party ticket.

“This is the hardest thing that I ever had to do in my life,” he said before choking up with sobs.

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 ex-girlfriend — 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,” Cohen said in a rambling remarks made as the Super Bowl halftime entertainment blared in the background.

While he appeared to be teary-eyed with the whole “I never meant to hurt anybody…” routine, apparently forgetting about intending to hurt his ex-girlfriend but perhaps no one else, patrons at a bar wondered why he was interrupting their SuperBowl watching.

It reminds of the Bush’s former White House Council, John Michael Farren, who supposedly hurt no one except his wife that he may have been attempting to kill.  It always seems to be the case that these men say, after seriously hurting women, that they “never meant to hurt anyone,” just as Chris Brown said after viciously beating Rihanna.

And, while the former Illinois candidate states his ex-girlfriend’s commentary didn’t affect him in the least, he did pull out of the race:

The location and timing for Sunday’s announcement — a heated beer garden at a Chicago bar during the Super Bowl — perplexed some patrons who were trying to watch the New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts.

“It’s a way to grab some headlines I guess,” said 53-year-old Rick Kokonas wearing a New Orleans T-shirt.

Cohen was arrested in 2005 on domestic battery charges for allegedly pushing his then-girlfriend, Amanda Eneman, against a wall and holding a knife to her throat. The charges were dropped when she failed to show up for a court date. He has denied the allegations and called that relationship tumultuous.

Eneman had issued a statement Saturday through her attorney saying that, based on her observations and Cohen’s behavior during their relationship, she “does not believe that he is fit to hold any public office including that of lieutenant governor.”

Cohen said Eneman’s statement did not affect his decision.

Which makes me wonder how he got to the point of even embarrassing the Democratic party to begin with… But, never underestimate the power of a woman, because while he claims her comments had no effect on him, apparently his conduct had an effect on her that caused him to drop out of the political race.

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