IL Dem lt. governor candidate Cohen quits race
Scott Lee Cohen’s rapid rise and fall almost deny him any legacy in the annals of Illinois politics. He should’ve held out longer, just to see how much he could upset the politics-as-usual applecart.
Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Scott Lee Cohen, a Chicago pawnbroker whose surprise primary win last week was followed by scandalous revelations about his troubled past with a prostitute ex-girlfriend, said Sunday night he would quit as nominee.
“For the good of the people … I will resign,” a tearful Cohen told reporters at a news conference he chose to hold at a Far North Side bar during halftime of the Super Bowl.
Now the next candidate will be chosen by Democratic State Central Committee, headed by powerful Speaker of the House Mike Madigan. Gee, can’t wait to see what fine upstanding Springfield insider will be added to the ticket!