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.
The prospect of running on the same ticket as a candidate now best know for allegedly threatening his prostitute ex-girlfriend with a knife was turning into a real liability for Democrats in Illinois. Cohen's decision to exit the race is very good news for Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias. Giannoulias is in a very tough race against top-tier Republican recruit Mark Kirk in what is shaping up to be a bad year for Democrats nationally. Th last thing Giannoulias needed was a candidate like Cohen down ticket hurting him in his bid.