St. Louis Public Radio News
9:51 am
Mon February 8, 2010

Democratic nominee for Illinois Lt. Gov. drops out amid abuse allegations

Chicago – The Democratic nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor has dropped out of the race less than a week after winning the primary. Scott Lee Cohen announced his decision Sunday night at a Chicago bar.

The pawn broker and owner of a cleaning supplies company won the nomination Tuesday. Since then, it has become widely know that had been accused of abusing his ex-wife and holding a knife to the throat of an ex-girlfriend.

The girlfriend had been charged with prostitution. Cohen also admited using steroids in the past.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who would have been paired with Cohen on the November ticket, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and Sen. Dick Durbin all had urged Cohen to leave the race.