Tribune photo by Alex Garcia
February 4, 2010
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn said today that his new running mate, Scott Lee Cohen, should consider withdrawing from the race because his background could hurt the Democratic ticket in the November general election. Cohen "has an obligation to step aside" if his past becomes a problem, Quinn said at a news conference.
Cohen, a pawnbroker who was the surprise winner in the little-publicized contest among half a dozen candidates, had previously disclosed a 2005 arrest that he described Wednesday as an argument with his drunken girlfriend and said he didnt lay a hand on her, though she called the police and had him taken into custody. But the official police and court records show that the woman alleged Cohen put a knife to her throat and pushed her head against the wall.