In a recently published interview with Chicago Magazine, Cohen said the party was uncomfortable with his heritage and his occupation.
"The elected officials would never say that they don’t want me because I’m Jewish. But it did come up in chatter and in backroom meetings. And a lot of the papers kept using the word 'pawnbroker.' You know, being a pawnbroker is predominantly a Jewish business. My opponents kept attacking, kept saying,'the millionaire pawnbroker,' which a lot of people took as saying, 'the millionaire Jew,'" he explained.
For days after the February 2 primary election, Cohen was dogged about his past, which included allegations he abused anabolic steroids, went into fits of rage, sexually abused his then-wife, got behind in child support payments and held a knife to the throat of a former girlfriend who is a convicted prostitute.
In the interview, he says he was open about his past transgressions but didn't continually talk about them. He calls the allegation that he was behind in child support payments a "misunderstanding."