Cohen Coda


Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen’s media blitz Monday, July 22, included a return to the place where the reason for the tour of cable news programs began – CNN’s “New Day” program.

It was “New Day” that broke the story last week that Cohen was not the father of Victoria Brink according to DNA testing done on Cohen, Brink and Brink’s natural father, John Brink.

And Cohen didn’t care for how the story was done initially.

But that seemed to be water under the bridge when Cohen sat down Monday morning with co-host Andrew Cuomo and offered more details about how he came to believe he was Brink’s father.

Last February, when this story got rolling with Cohen tweeting Brink during the State of the Union address, Cohen didn’t say too much about exactly how he learned he was Brink’s father.

Subsequent explanations offered included that he Googled Brink’s mother, discovered she had a daughter, did the math and then asked her.

Not true, Cohen said Monday. Cythnia White Sinatra, Brink’s mother, told Cohen three years ago. As he did in other media appearances Monday, Cohen again said Sinatra told him in the event that she died and Victoria Brink needed some kind of transplant from a family donor.

Cohen kept the secret even in the immediate aftermath of the tweets when some were speculating Victoria Brink was someone Cohen was romantically involved with.

“I didn’t have the right to come out,” Cohen said Monday on CNN.

When he did, Cohen’s emotions soared and with the revelations of the DNA testing plummeted.

Cohen described the rise and fall of emotions as “heartbreaking” and “devastating.”

“I had visions of her being my heir,” he said Monday. “We’ll still have a relationship. Obviously it won’t be the same ‘cause she’s not going to have my grandchildren and she’s not my child.”

The bank of media appearances included a heavy dose of Cohen pushing his legislative agenda and a pledge.

“I will never take my iPod to the state of the union again,” he declared.