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Cohen: "Powerful People" Threatened Me

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Scott Lee Cohen says he was "threatened".

Embellishing on the reasons he abdicated his nomination for Lt. Gov. earlier this year, Cohen tells Ward Room that "powerful people" threatened him that "his taxes and his brother's taxes better be in order". These same people also suggested he "might end up in jail" after he surprised the party regulars and won the February primary. 

Cohen relinquished his nomination five days after he won, but said "in reality there's nothing they can put me in jail over".   

He adds "there was also the idea that Pat Quinn wasn't going to let me do anything -- but It wasn't just one thing" that led to his initial decision to leave his lt. governor race.

For now, Cohen won't say who the powerful people are.

Cohen has previously said House Speaker Michael Madigan pressured him to step down, and suggested he was being persecuted because he was Jewish.

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