Ninth district Congressional candidate Wilson Stooksberry has been following the votes of our congressman, Steve Cohen. He points out that Cohen wimps out even on non-controversial votes. He writes:
As we have stated throughout our campaign, we believe that this upcoming election will be the most important in any of our lifetime. It will a referendum on standing for the restoring principles that made this country exceptional, or “fundamentally transforming” our country away from those principles.
With that in mind, I believe now, more than ever, it is important to know the principles and values which guide each candidate running for office. On Thursday, April 16, Representative Steve Cohen cast a vote which revealed more insight into his core values and principles.
The vote was Bill HR 3001- The Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Act
Here is the summary of this bill: To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg, in recognition of his achievements and heroic actions during the Holocaust.
For those that are unaware of the heroic and inspirational story of Raoul Wallenberg, Wallenbeg is widely celebrated for his successful efforts to rescue tens of thousands of Jews from Hungarian Fascists and the Nazis during the later stages of World War II in Nazi-occupied Hungary. While serving as Sweden’s special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory, saving thousands from execution.
When presented with the opportunity to vote on the bill honoring and recognizing this heroic figure, Cohen abstained; A clear statement signaling only that he was present to vote, and chose not to vote for the bill’s passage. This is nothing short of a shameful action on the part of Cohen, and his vote needs to be brought to the public’s attention, which is why we are posting it on this site.
I want to applaud each of the other sitting congressmen in the state of TN- both republican and democrat- all of which voted for the bill (The votes of each TN Congressmen are listed below). We stand with you in supporting this bill’s passage.
Duncan, John “Jimmy”
In a time where political courage and self sacrifice are in short supply, we should all applaud the efforts to honor those that serve as examples and role models for us to follow.
As to why Cohen chose not to stand with the nearly 90% of other Congressmen who voted “yes” to this bill, he has yet to offer any explanation. Some have speculated it has something to do with large amounts of campaign contributions he received from Turkey. The truth is: we simply don’t know. We have asked him via email, and at the time of this writing, we have yet to hear a response.
Stooksberry joins Republicans George Flinn and Charlotte Bergmann as candidates in the primary for Cohen’s seat.