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Slimmer Scott Lee Cohen Talks Jobs with Seniors



    Slimmer Scott Lee Cohen Talks Jobs with Seniors
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    Scott Lee Cohen won the nomination for Lt. Governor then quit amid allegations that he was an abusive prostitute-dating steroid user. Now he's back running for Governor as an independent. Or so he says. Will his candidacy have any effect on the governor's race?

    Independent gubernatorial candidate Scott Lee Cohen sent a message to front runners Pat Quinn and Bill Brady.

    "What are they afraid of?" Cohen asked as he made the rounds at a job fair he sponsored at the Active Senior Expo in Orland Park. "And why isn't my name on some of the polls being reported?"

    Cohen's job fair coincided with a governors debate at the Union League Club in Chicago. The debate featured only Quinn and Brady and left out Cohen and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney.

    While Whitney protested outside the Union League Club, Cohen took the opportunity to engage with senior voters.

    A svelte Cohen felt right at home at the Expo. Many seniors recognized him and chatted with the former pawn broker about health care costs and jobs. The indy candidate is sticking with a formula that helped him win the Lieutenant Governor nomination in February -- before he resigned from the ticket -- by hosting job fairs like the one today.

    He used today's opportunity to announce yet another job fair for October 5 in Rockford, Illinois.

    While the tactics remain the same, somethings different about the candidate. Cohen, who had gained weight during his run for Lt. Governor, attributed his new, slimmer frame to the rigors of running a statewide campaign.

    "Running for governor is a great diet," he said.