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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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’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.

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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.

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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.

Alan Does His First National Television Interview!

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***National television host calls FL-15 race between Alan Cohn and Congressman Dennis Ross “One of the most interesting races in the Country.”***

Tampa, Fl– In an interview with former MSNBC host and current Host and Co- Founder of The Young Turks Network Cenk Uygur, former ABC Action News Chief Investigative Reporter and current Congressional candidate Alan Cohn condemned Rep. Dennis Ross for having warped priorities as the current Congressman from Florida’s 15th District.

“After helping orchestrate the Government Shutdown last fall, just last week, Ross voted to bring our economic stability to the brink again with his “NO” vote that would have forced the US to default on its bills. I can no longer stand on the sideline and watch as our current Congressman drives our country into a ditch in cohesion with his Tea Party allies.” Cohn continued, “As a founding member of the Tea Party Caucus, Ross proudly totes the distinction of “Most Conservative Member of Florida’s US House Delegation.” Floridians deserve a Congressman who puts them first, not someone who brings our country to the edge of disaster and unconscionably votes against the Violence Against Women Act. As a former news reporter, I spent my life fighting and uncovering corruption and cronyism at all levels. I’m no politician, but I felt compelled to run against Ross after he has displayed time and time again, he is not interested in fighting for Floridians in the Halls of Congress.”

Alan Cohn is a Peabody Award winning investigative journalist. For 30 years he fought injustices at all levels. He uncovered a major defense contractor installing defective parts on military aircraft putting our soldiers in immediate danger. As Chief Investigative reporter at WFTS (ABC) Tampa he protected Florida families and seniors by lifting the lid on political cheats and scams. A proud husband, father of two teenagers, and current small business owner, Alan Cohn is running for Congress to bust through the scandal of Washington gridlock, to bring people together to create jobs, and get results for middle class families.

Tampa Bay Times Editorial: Congress plays politics at expense of economy

From The Tampa Bay Times…

The last thing Florida and the nation needs is another manufactured financial crisis. Yet congressional Republicans are creating one by threatening to shut down the federal government next week unless a temporary spending bill cuts all funding for the Affordable Care Act. It is a reckless strategy that is doomed to fail, and Florida voters should hold Sen. Marco Rubio and House Republicans accountable for risking the economic recovery to play partisan politics.

Reps. Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor, Richard Nugent of Spring Hill, Dennis Ross of Lakeland and C.W. Bill Young of Indian Shores followed the Republican Party line last week in voting for the House plan that the Senate is expected to reject. This is not in the best interests of Tampa Bay, where the economy is just now coming back and thousands of their constituents need health coverage.

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