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.)

Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 26286074 -
Gray Television, Inc.