This morning CNN aired an interview between congressional correspondent Dana Bash and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). Cohen is the congressman who began tweeting to a blonde coed back in February, raising eyebrows as to just who Victoria Brink was. At the time, many wondered if she was his girlfriend. Cohen ultimately said she was her daughter and introduced her at Washington parties as such.
New revelations last week, including a DNA test, however, proved otherwise.
“She said she didn’t know who her biological father was, she said for her mental health she needed it,” Cohen told CNN of the DNA test. “I would have avoided it but I’d do anything for Victoria.”
Cohen said he still feels like he’s her father. “We still communicate and I care about her greatly and I think she cares about me and I hope, we plan to continue to have a relations,” he told Bash. “I still think of her as my daughter.”
The story aired on “New Day,” hosted by Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan, both of whom quickly jumped in to defend Cohen. “People talk about this story a lot,” said Cuomo. “It’s really important to remember, Rep. Cohen did nothing wrong. I mean everything about this story feels like a story where a lawmaker did something wrong.”
Bolduan said, “It doesn’t feel real. It doesn’t feel like this is how this could have gone. But he didn’t do anything wrong. He really thought he was her father.” Added Cuomo, “She believed it. They got a good relationship about of it. They’re very close now. At the end of the day, it’s more bizarre than anything else.”
UPDATE: Cohen visited the “New Day” set this morning.
Cuomo: Where is your head and your heart?
Cohen: “They’re both in a state of flux. I was ecstatic to know I had a daughter. …I had visions of her being my heir and going to her wedding and having grandchildren and all of those things and loving her. ..We’ll still have a relationship, but it obviously it won’t be the same cause she’s not going to have my grandchildren and she’s not my child, but I still care about her greatly. It was heartbreaking, devastating. I’ve just been crushed. I know she has been too.”
Cohen explained that the whole ordeal began when Brink’s mother called him and told him every time she looked at her she saw Cohen. To this day, Cohen said bloggers and people on the internet (he didn’t name names) still suggest there is something untoward between the congressman and Brink.
Cohen eventually began weeping on air. Cuomo: “I’m going to do something I almost never do with politicians. I am going to give you a break on this and let us move on because you want to talk about the work of being a congressman. Cohen cracked a smile and said, “I don’t want to be John Boehner.”
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