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Alan Cohn Receives Endorsement from the Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida

ALAN COHN RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC VETERANS CAUCUS OF FLORIDA

For Immediate Release

September 29, 2014
Contact: Jon Colmenares, (813) 609-2517

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, is proud to announce that the Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida has endorsed his campaign.

The Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida (DVCF) is the premiere caucus for raising veteran’s issues within the Florida Democratic Party, state, and nation. Florida has the highest number of disabled veterans in the country, and Florida’s veteran population continues to expand and will soon be the highest in the nation. The DVCF’s platform aims to reduce veteran unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration while increasing benefits and small business opportunities.

“The Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida is proud to endorse Alan Cohn because he’s proven to be a true advocate on behalf of veterans throughout Florida. He is a true friend of veterans and will continue to work on our behalf in Congress. There is no better leader on the issues than Alan Cohn.” said Phil Giorno, President of the DVCF.

Congressman Dennis Ross, Alan Cohn’s opponent, has repeatedly voted against veterans’ interests, including voting against the Veterans Jobs Corps which aimed to address the high unemployment among veterans, voted against the Veterans Backlog Reduction Act, which would allow the secretary to pay provisional benefits for claims that were still processing, and voted against funding veterans’ benefits in during the government shutdown, while accepting his taxpayer-funded salary that many lawmakers in both parties refused, returned, or donated to charity. Congressman Ross has voted to allow companies to get a tax credit even if they outsource American jobs and deny hiring preferences for veterans.

Public polling shows the 15th congressional district is in play as a near super-majority of voters cannot rate the job Congressman Ross has done, and less than one-quarter of voters in the district have a favorable opinion of him. More than 60% of the district is in Hillsborough County, where Alan Cohn resides. Once voters are introduced to the candidates, the race is a statistical tie because of Congressman Ross’ low profile and Cohn’s strong showing as an investigative reporter.

“I’m humbled to receive the Democratic Veterans Caucus endorsement. I’ve fought for veterans throughout my career and won the Peabody award for identifying faulty parts on Black Hawk Helicopters which saved countless servicemen and women. I’ve uncovered stories of stolen valor and went all the way to the U.S. Senate to confront V.A. officials who would not recognize a Florida veteran with acute PTSD. I’ve fought for veterans my entire career, and will continue to do so in Congress.” Cohn stated.

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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Alan Cohn Responds to Dennis Ross Ad

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2014

Contact: Jon Colmenares, (813) 609-2517

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, issued the following statement in light of his opponent’s recent television ad.

“Congressman Ross talks about common sense values but he’s used his position to make himself and his family richer. Common sense to him means putting the special interests before Florida families.”

Congressman Ross has been widely criticized for his part in the recent government shutdown, using campaign loopholes for stays at the Ritz-Carlton, trips to Africa, and refusing to return his taxpayer-funded salary during the government shutdown but voted “no” for veteran benefits during the same shutdown. He has also voted to continue taxpayer subsidies to the oil industry while receiving national attention for dismissing a constituent’s concern about raising the federal minimum wage. The oil industry is financially backing Ross’s campaign.

Cohn added: “With four years in Congress and over 10 years in the state legislature, why has Congressman Ross been silent about stopping corporations from outsourcing our jobs, reforming student loan interest programs or increasing the minimum wage? He’s hiding from his record because he’s out for himself.”

Posing as a moderate, Ross was caught saying at a recent event, “I don’t think there’s anything radical about [the Tea Party]. I’ve never quit supporting them…I have no problem with the Tea Party. I’ve never said anything that says that they’re bad or radical.” The Tea Party is most notable for their heavily influential financial backers, the Koch Brothers who are synonymous with the dark money that has entered money in recent elections, who are also funding Congressman Ross’s campaign. The Tea Party has been largely criticized as one source of the political gridlock in Washington due to their extremism.

Recent public polling shows the 15th congressional district is in play as a near super-majority of voters cannot rate the job Congressman Ross has done, and less than one-quarter of voters in the district have a favorable opinion of him. Once voters are introduced to the candidates, the race is a statistical tie because of Congressman Ross’ low profile and Cohn’s strong showing as an investigative reporter.

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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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.