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Florida Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses Alan Cohn for Congress

Florida Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses Alan Cohn for Congress

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jon Colmenares, (813) 609-2517

Cohn is the clear choice for Florida retirees

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, award-winning investigative journalist and candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, is proud to announce that the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans has endorsed his campaign.

The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) is a non-profit organization which promotes legislation and policies that are in the best interest of retired Floridians. FLARA has over 200,000 members and advocates at all levels of government to prepare for the growing population of older Floridians who desire to remain self-sufficient.

“The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans is proud to endorse Alan’s candidacy for United States Congress, Congressional District 15. We support his position to protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security, invest in education, balance our budget and to stand up for the middle class. Alan’s election will enhance the quality of life for all older Americans and their families.” said Tony Fransetta, FLARA President.

Alan Cohn is running against career politician Congressman Dennis Ross, who has received a lifetime 0% rating from FLARA for voting to privatize Social Security, turn Medicare into a voucher system, and to end the United States Post Office which many retirees depend for delivery of their medicine. Recent public polling shows that once voters are introduced to the candidates, the race is a statistical tie because of Cohn’s strong showing as an investigative reporter who has stood up to corruption and is not afraid to take on the powerful. Alan Cohn also outraised his opponent during the most recent federal reporting period indicating a shift in the race toward Alan Cohn.

“I’m humbled to receive the Alliance’s endorsement because it’s a testament that there is a need for new leadership in Washington to work on behalf of seniors. Retirees can trust I’ll work to protect seniors from devastating practices and policies that threaten their Social Security and Medicare.” Cohn said.

Alan Cohn is a Peabody-award winning investigative reporter who covered Hillsborough and Polk Counties with WFTS Channel 28. As a reporter, Cohn has spent his career standing up for consumers, veterans, and uncovered the biggest case of political corruption in the last decade. Alan is running for Congress in Florida’s 15th District. He and his wife, Patty, live in New Tampa where they are raising their daughter Ann and son Aaron.

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Cohn blasts U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross for not having office in Hillsborough

Alan was featured in the Tampa Tribune…

Alan Cohn, a Democratic candidate challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, blasted Ross at a Tampa forum Friday for not having an adequate presence in Hillsborough County.

Cohn, who lives in New Tampa on the western side of Ross’s District 15, noted that Ross has no office in Hillsborough County even though nearly 60 percent of the registered voters in the district live in Hillsborough. Ross lives in Lakeland on the eastern side of the district.

“This is a Hillsborough County congressional seat … and guess what — my opponent does not have an office in Tampa or Hillsborough County, in the majority of the district,” Cohn said. “If you have a problem with Social Security, or a problem with the VA or the IRS, good luck. No one’s home.”

Read the full story at TBO.com…

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Alan Cohn for Congress

Alan is proud to have been endorsed by Planned Parenthood…

Planned Parenthood Action Fund today announced the endorsement of Alan Cohn in his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives (FL-15) against two-term anti-women’s health incumbent Representative Dennis Ross. The Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“Planned Parenthood Action Fund is proud to endorse Alan Cohn in his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Unlike his opponent, Alan Cohn understands that health care decisions should be left between a woman and her doctor, without political or government interference. If elected to Congress, he will be a critical ally for women’s health and rights and the services that Planned Parenthood health centers provide to one in five women in her lifetime.”

Read the full release at Planned Parenthood…

New poll shows CD 15 challenger Alan Cohn in virtual tie with Rep. Dennis Ross

Alan was featured in SaintPetersBlog…

With an aggressive Democratic campaign, voters in Florida’s 15th Congressional District could put investigative journalist Alan Cohn in an excellent position to unseat two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Dennis Ross.

Although the district has a history of supporting Republican candidates, the survey, conducted by the polling firm Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, found the CD 15 seat is vulnerable, something Cohn’s campaign attributes to the incumbent’s “low profile in the district” and Cohn’s reputation as an investigative reporter.

Read the full story at SaintPetersBlog…

Cohn Speaks Strongly Against Ross

Alan was featured in The Ledger…

Alan Cohn, D-Tampa, who is running for the U.S. House District 15 seat held by Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, brings a new political challenge for the two-term incumbent in this November’s election.

Cohn spoke forcefully and critically about Ross on Tuesday to the Tiger Bay Club of Polk County. When Ross spoke to the nonpartisan political club most recently on April 11, he did not address the election campaign in detail.

During his opening speech, Cohn a former investigative reporter for Tampa television station WFTS-Channel 28, said: “We have a Congress that is paralyzed, not because a majority of Democrats and Republicans won’t work together. The House is being held hostage by a small, belligerent group that wants to inflict a narrow agenda on the entire nation.”

Read the full story at The Ledger…

Democratic Congressional Candidate Alan Cohn Takes His Challenge of Ross to Polk Voters

From The Ledger’s Politics In Polk

Alan Cohn, the Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, came out slugging Tuesday at the Polk Tiger Bay luncheon, criticizing the 15th Congressional District congressman for voting against a measure that ended the government shutdown and accusing Ross of being on the radical end of the Republican Party.

A former television investigative reporter and owner of a video production company, Cohn said the reason Congress has done so little in the past year and a half is because “the House is being held hostage by a small group.”

Read the full story at Politics In Polk…

Political Connections Sun: Meet the Fla reporter running for Congress

Alan was featured in the Tampa Bay Times’ The Buzz Blog.

It’s hard to know who is held in lower esteem in today’s culture, Washington politicians or journalists. But Alan Cohn, an award-winning former investigative reporter. for WFTS-Ch. 28 in Tampa Bay, is convinced that his reporting background could prove to be a big help challenging U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland.

“For 10 years I’ve uncovered political corruption and fraud. I’m a problem solver,” Cohn said in a Political Connections interview airing today on Bay News 9 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m..

Cohn, 51, who won a Peabody Award for outstanding journalism and broke the story about former County Commissioner Jim Norman’s wife receiving an undisclosed $500,000 from a Tampa businessman to buy a vacation home, is the clear underdog. Beating an incumbent is always hard, but Congressional District 15 leans decidedly Republican, with Barack Obama losing by more than six percentage points in 2008 and 2012. Cohn notes that the the majority of the district now includes his home base of Hillsborough County, unlike in 2010 when Ross initially won the seat, and that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson overwhelmingly the district in 2012.

Read the full article with video at the Tampa Bay Times.

Cohn qualifies against Ross

Alan was featured on TBO.com’s Fresh Squeezed Political Blog…

Democrat Alan Cohn, a former investigative reporter for Tampa’s ABC affiliate WFTS, Channel 28, has qualified as expected to run against U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican.

It will be the first foray into elective politics for Cohn, who left the station in June, 2012.

Cohn announced last summer he intended to run against Ross.

Cohn said he has the support of the Democratic Party organizations in Hillsborough and Polk counties, the two counties where the district is located, and doesn’t expect to face a primary against a Democrat.

Read the full article at TBO.com.

Third Run for Dennis Ross Will Be a Little More Competitive

Alan was featured in on Sunshine State News.

Dennis Ross didn’t draw any opposition in the 2012 election but he won’t have as easy a time in 2014 as he runs for a third term in Congress.

The Florida Democratic Party is looking to make an issue of Ross’s opposition to raising the minimum wage at a town hall event last week. At the event, Ross said raising the minimum wage “isn’t right” and hurts the economy more than it helps it. Ross’s response got a bit of national notice and liberal groups started piling on. The Florida Democrats sent out a fundraising email on Thursday, hoping to bring in bucks due to Ross’s opposition to raising the minimum wage and pointing out that Rick Scott also stands against it.

Read the full article at Sunshine State News.

Alan Cohn blasts Dennis Ross on immigration, foreign policy and lifetime accomplishments

Alan was featured in this week’s Creative Loafing’s Political Animal blog.

Nobody is paying too much attention to the CD15 race just yet, and Alan Cohn is fine with that — for now.

The award-winning television journalist is running for office for the first time in his life, and it’s not a local or state seat. Cohn is the likely Democratic candidate to face Republican incumbent Dennis Ross in Congress this fall, and is taking it hard to Ross in campaign events throughout Polk and Hillsborough county, where the district resides.

Cohn seized on comments that Ross made last week about increasing the minimum wage at a town hall meeting this week in New Tampa, and reiterated them last Friday afternoon in Tampa. Ross told a young man who works at Arby’s and wants to increase his pay that doing so “does more harm to our economy … If the government’s going to tell me how much I can get paid and when I can work and when I can’t work, then we have a serious problem in this country.”

Read the full article at Creative Loafing.