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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