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Cohen candid on possible race against Herenton

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Rep. Steve Cohen spoke candidly Friday about a possible primary battle against Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, and his relationship with the mayor.

Cohen is currently serving his second term in Washington. 

"The theory of politics has always been to do your job well," he said.  "Do good government.  That's what I've done."

Tuesday, Herenton announced he's seriously evaluating a run at Cohen's seat, and Wednesday, he declined to talk about it.

"We'll do it later," he said at a press event.

Later has yet to get here, we asked Cohen if he thinks the mayor will really run.

"I have no idea," Cohen said. "Mayor Herenton is someone I've worked with over the years. I think even he would tell you he hasn't a better relationship with a congressman in his time as superintendent or as mayor, and he hadn't a better relationship with a public official."
Cohen added he's friends with Herenton, and surprised the Mayor would run.  He explained there's a big difference between being mayor and being a congressman.
"They're totally, totally different, so it really surprised me that he'd want to get into the legislative branch at age 69 or 70," Cohen said. "It's more of a young man's game. It's a lot of work, and it's a great honor to represent the City of Memphis."

Click here to watch Joe Birch interview Rep. Steve Cohen on Friday night's edition of Action News 5 at 5pm.

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