Lawmaker to reporter: Sorry I called you "very attractive"

“You’re very attractive, but I’m not talking about it,” said Rep. Steve Cohen

By Jillian Rayfield
Published July 18, 2013 8:51PM (EDT)

Rep. Steve Cohen's troubles continued on Thursday, after he told RealClearPolitics reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns, “You’re very attractive, but I’m not talking about it,” in response to questions about a paternity test that revealed he was not the father of a woman he believed to be his daughter.

Cohen, D-Tenn., made the remark and then quickly apologized:

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In February, Cohen revealed that a 24-year-old woman, whom he had been tweeting with during the State of the Union, was not a secret girlfriend as many had assumed after he deleted the tweets, but a daughter he had only known about for three years. A paternity test conducted for a CNN report on Thursday revealed that Cohen is, in fact, not the woman's father. Cohen said he was “stunned and dismayed” to learn about the DNA test.

h/t Washington Post.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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