Scott Lee Cohen Announces Candidacy for Illinois Governor

Scott Lee Cohen has announced his independent candidacy for Governor of Illinois this morning.

“Everybody, everybody makes mistakes in their life. Everybody’s entitled to a second chance and everybody is entitled to redemption … Illinois needs honesty more than perfection,” Cohen said outside the state of Illinois building.

Scott Lee Cohen, a pawnbroker, held a tearful withdrawal announcement February 7, 2010 as nominee for Democratic Lieutenant Governor after word got out that he was accused of holding a knife to the throat of his then-girlfriend Amanda Eneman, 29, a convicted prostitute, in October 2005. Charges were dismissed after Amanda Eneman failed to show up in court.

Cohen is required to submit 25,000 signatures from registered voters on petitions by June 21 to get on the Illinois ballot.

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