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Quinn: No Money Deal for Cohen

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There was no financial deal made with Scott Lee Cohen to co-erce the Democratic lieutenant governor nominee out of the race. That’s the word from Governor Pat Quinn.

Cohen Sunday night announced his intention to withdraw, following a week of intense scrutiny of his personal life. The owner of a pawnshop business dumped more than $2-million into his campaign. Governor Quinn - who last week indicated Cohen should drop out for the good of the party - says there was no deal to help Cohen get back his money.

QUINN: Uh, not from me. And not from - I think - anyone else. I don’t think that’d be the way to go, offerings. The answer is no.

Last Friday House speaker Michael Madigan, the state party chairman, met with Cohen. According to a spokesman, Madigan urged Cohen in the strongest possible terms that he drop out. A replacement for Cohen will be selected by the state central committee.

Quinn won’t say who he wants to be his running mate, but says his opponent in last week’s primary, Comptroller Dan Hynes, told him he doesn’t want the job. That’s confirmed by a Hynes spokesman.

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