Cohen has little response to Herenton radio interview

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - After 9th Congressional District candidate Dr. Willie Herenton called his opponent an a**hole, incumbent Steve Cohen was hesitant to react.

"My job is to work for the 9th District which is what I'm doing," Cohen said Tuesday.

A day earlier, Herenton also described Cohen in harsh words during an appearance on the Thaddeus Matthew's radio show.

"I think he's a damn hypocrite," Herenton said of Cohen.  "He's trying to portray himself as one thing when he's something totally different."

While attending the unveiling of Memphis City Schools' new health clinics, Cohen said he had not heard about the specifics of Herenton's radio appearance.

Cohen said he works seven days a week and he just returned from a fact-finding trip in five African countries.

"I've been in my office all morning.  I've had three meetings," said Cohen.

During Monday's radio interview, Herenton mentioned to Matthews that the Congressional opponents happened to take the same first-class plane trip to Washington, D.C. recently.

"Steve Cohen looked at me.  He said, 'I don't believe this.' He says, 'You can take the man out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the man'," Herenton explained.

Herenton said he did not respond to Cohen as his hands were full and his plane ticket was between his teeth.

When asked his intentions, Cohen responded by talking about his record.

"I'm working on health care and I'm working to see that programs like this are set up so that we have healthy children and we have health care throughout our community through community centers," Cohen said.

Cohen added that commenting would be counter-productive to his job as a Congressman, and that he wants to focus on bringing good health care, education, and jobs to the district.

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