Ad links white W. Tennessee congressman to KKK statue

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The white congressman from mostly black Memphis is linked to images of the Ku Klux Klan in a TV ad approved by his major black opponent in Thursday' Democratic primary.

The ad was approved by Nikki Tinker, an African-American lawyer who is trying to takeover Rep. Steve Cohen's U.S. House seat. Cohen was elected in 2006 and is the first white member of Congress from Memphis in more than three decades.

The spot focuses on a vote by Cohen in 2005 when he was a member of an advisory board on downtown development. Cohen voted against removing a statue of a Confederate general who was a founder of the KKK.

Tinker's ad includes pictures of the statue, Cohen and what appears to be a hooded KKK member. Cohen's campaign called the ad an outrageous act by a desperate candidate.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Darlene Location: Jacksonville on Aug 7, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    Liz, who are these people??
  • by Buford Location: knoxville on Aug 5, 2008 at 09:56 PM
    Well, here we go again. I would have thought we would have gotten over this after Archie Bunker, Richard Pryor, and Cas Walker. But here we go again. Once more, white people have more in common with black people than we do with RICH people! It seems that some folks just never get it.
  • by Liz on Aug 5, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    This just reminds me of how Obama is using race as well.These people have no other weapons,no honesty.

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