CD 15 hopeful Alan Cohn lashes out at Rep. Dennis Ross

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Former Tampa journalist and Democratic candidate Alan Cohn condemned U.S. Rep Dennis Ross for “warped policies” in the race for Florida’s 15th Congressional District.

Cohn, an investigative report for Tampa ABC station WFTS from 2009-2012, is running as a Democrat for the seat covering northern parts of Hillsborough and Polk County, which includes suburban Tampa, Brandon, Plant City, Lakeland and Bartow. He faces Republican Ross, called “one of the most Conservative Members of Congress” by the National Journal.

“I can no longer stand on the sideline and watch as our current Congressman drives our country into a ditch in cohesion with his Tea Party allies.” Cohn said in an interview with The Young Turks Network founder Cenk Uygur.

“Floridians deserve a Congressman who puts them first, not someone who brings our country to the edge of disaster and unconscionably votes against the Violence against Women Act,” Cohn added.” I’m no politician, but I felt compelled to run against Ross after he has displayed time and time again, he is not interested in fighting for Floridians in the Halls of Congress.”

Cohn has a fundraising reception planned for Thursday, February 27 hosted by former Colorado Democratic U.S. Rep. Pat Schroder and her husband Jim, with special guest former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy. The event begins 5:30 p.m. at 101 South Garland Avenue, Suite 204 in Orlando.

RSVPs are by emailing Dossie Marrone at or (813) 750-8624.

With over 30 years as an investigative journalist, Cohn received the 2006 George Foster Peabody Award for uncovering defective parts installed on Black Hawk helicopters built by Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft. As a reporter in Tampa, he also exposed a fake U.S. Marine masquerading as a decorated war hero and a political candidate who took a half million dollars from a wealthy businessman to buy a vacation home, as well as cheating by a state championship high school football team, resulting in the team being stripped of the title.

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