Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis Gets a Democratic Challenger


U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat who represents parts of Memphis and Tennessee’s Ninth Congressional District, has a challenger from within his own party for next year’s elections.

That man, Corey Strong, a Navy veteran with four reported overseas deployments, announced his intentions August 2nd, according to

Strong told the website he knows he will have a difficult time trying to unseat Cohen.

Strong told The Memphis Flyer that Cohen has pros and cons attached to his tenure in Congress.

“Strong acknowledges that Cohen has made the appropriate votes in Congress, supported legislation that a Democrat should have supported, properly backed up Democratic President Obama, and has correctly opposed Republican President Trump. Further, says Strong, the Congressman has successfully become a factor in key national dialogues,” Strong told The Flyer.

“What he has failed to do, Strong maintains, is to bring jobs to a home region that desperately needs them. Strong even finds evidence of this alleged failure in a well-publicized stunt staged by Cohen last spring on the House Judiciary Committee. That was the occasion in May when the Congressman ridiculed the failure of Attorney General William Barr to answer a subpoena by wolfing down pieces from a Kentucky Fried Chicken basket at his seat on the committee.”

As The Tennessee Star has reported, Cohen has a history of hyperbolic remarks, usually against Republicans and, especially, U.S. Republican President Donald Trump, sometimes implying Trump is a Nazi.

This calendar year alone, Cohen has already expressed his delight over the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives no longer requiring people to say “so help me God” under oath.

At the time of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire in France earlier this year, Cohen used the occasion to say Trump is “torching the entire structure of government.”

Among other outbursts, Cohen has also:

• Said the Founding Fathers created the nation’s Electoral College as a way to hurt black people.

• Pushed for a formal study on slavery reparations.

Co-sponsored the Green New Deal

Celebrated people on welfare not having to work for their benefits

Compared U.S. Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn to the mentally-challenged Waterboy character

• Spent $200,000 of taxpayer money on a study to determine whether stress makes kids fat.

As reported, Cohen lost his temper at a news conference in Memphis in 2013 when Tennessee Watchdog asked former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius what she would say to people whose health insurance costs doubled or tripled due to Obamacare.

• Cohen has said Tea Party supporters are no different than arsonists and compared Republicans to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels for opposing Obamacare.

• Cohen said the Ebola virus would mutate into a Biblical-style plague that would devastate Tennessee–  unless state Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly complied fully with Obamacare and expanded Medicaid.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Corey O. Strong” by Corey O. Strong.






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5 Thoughts to “Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis Gets a Democratic Challenger”

  1. mary jones

    I have not said that you are a liar first time on this we know who gets to give their opinion

  2. mary jones

    I am a republican would not vote anything else we know how to use common sense plus we love GOD .we do not set out to kill babies even after they are born. that is called murder. I would love to see a republican win cohen s seat but if not I pray someone else take it away from. him .President Trump is the best President since Kennedy . I do not know if cohen knows it but waeern plans on going after the billionaries instead of the millionaries so his money up for grabs.

  3. Traditional thinker

    Lessor of two evils maybe, yet two wrongs doesnt make a right. If memphis wants to have pride and respect once again, it should elect a conservative republican instead of a liberal nut job.

  4. Wolf Woman

    I don’t know anything about Corey Strong except what has been written in this article. But Rep. Cohen is so deranged, rude and such a socialist that anyone would be a better representative than he is. When a member of Congress says that the electoral college is a way to hurt black people, he is either stupid (which he’s not), ignorant (which he’s not) or pandering to his constituents who he wants to keep as perpetual victims dependent on him and his cache cow, the Federal government.

  5. Russ

    GOOD, do know that the challanger can be as bad as Cohen.