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Quinn calls for running mate Cohen to step down. Cohen refuses.

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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

BY ABDON M. PALLASCH AND DAVE McKINNEY Staff Reporters

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


BY CHRIS FUSCO AND DAVE McKINNEY Staff Reporters

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


BY CHRIS FUSCO, DAVE McKINNEY, ABDON M. PALLASCH AND STEVE WARMBIR Staff Reporters

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.

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