Illinois Democrats start off the general election season with a big problem and his name is Scott Lee Cohen, the pawnbroker and political unknown who self-financed his way to winning the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor on Tuesday. Then came news Cohen was accused of threatening his live-in girlfriend with a knife and being user of injectable anabolic steroids. Gov. Quinn is saddled with Cohen as a running mate. Under Illinois law, the governor and lieutenant governor contenders each run in their own primaries for the nomination. Once nominated, they have to run as a team, like it or not. On Thursday, Quinn was not liking it and called for Cohen to step down. With the revelations--splashed on the front pages of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune--Quinn said the "only appropriate thing is to step aside."
The Chicago Sun-Times Quinn/Cohen package
Gov. Quinn said today that if his running-mate, Scott Lee Cohen, can't adequately explain the charges against him -- that he held a knife to the throat of a prostitute ex-girlfriend -- then "he should step aside" as the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.
and this headlined, Scott Lee Cohen allegedly abused steroids, forced himself on ex-wife
Gov. Quinn's embattled running mate, Scott Lee Cohen, allegedly abused anabolic steroids, displayed fits of rage and forced himself sexually on his ex-wife before their divorce, court documents reviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times show.
and this with the headlines, Details surface of Scott Lee Cohen's 2005 domestic violence arrest SHOCKING PAST | Dem nominee for lt. gov was once accused of holding knife to woman's neck
Scott Lee Cohen -- a pawnbroker who shocked state Democratic leaders Tuesday night by winning the party's nomination for lieutenant governor -- was arrested about four-and-a-half years ago and accused of holding a knife to a former live-in girlfriend's neck, newly obtained court records show.