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Burt Cohen plots return to politics?

October 20, 2010 by ShawnMillerick  
Filed under News & Politics

Sources tell Now! Hampshire that former state senator Burt Cohen is keeping a close eye on the CD1 race and is telling people that if Carol Shea Porter loses he would almost certainly challenge Frank Guinta in 2012.
Cohen, however, might find that others are less enthusiastic about a potential run. Those that Now! Hampshire contacted to comment on the story rolled their eyes at the thought. Others were angered that while others were focused on helping Shea Porter win, Cohen was hoping for a loss.

Were Cohen to attempt to a return to politics, he might find some of his past behavior an obstacle to a potential campaign, as he ran afoul of the law back in 2006. The Portsmouth Herald reported that Cohen ran a stop sign and was pulled over by police. However, when police got out of their car and approached his vehicle, Cohen sped off. A high speed chase ensued, during which Cohen ran another stop sign and crashed into a parked car. Cohen then refused to comply with the officers’ instructions to get out of his car and put his hands behind his back. Cohen demanded of the officers several times, “Don’t you know who I am?!”, according to testimony by Officer Kuffer Kaltenborn. He told them “You can’t arrest me. I am a very important community member.”

Officer Nicole Mercer testified that Cohen told her, “He didn’t have to listen to me because I should know who he is. He was very aggressive and not compliant and he stated again that I should know who he was and I was going to pay for arresting him.”

Cohen also resisted arrest and it took two officers to handcuff him.

While most politicos might realize how such an incident could hamper their political aspirations, Cohen seems oblivious. In 2008, in fact, he gave an interview in which he openly stated his desire to run for senate in 2010, saying that, “I’ve always wanted to be in the U.S. Senate. That interest remains high.”

“He’s delusional,” retorted one insider. “If Burt Cohen looks in the mirror and sees a senator he’s been smoking something.”

Cohen should not lose hope, however. He is also part of a movement that seeks to have part of NH secede from the United States. According to the Union Leader, “Burt Cohen, 57, a former state senator, is leading a front in New Hampshire to secede from the U.S., and join with Maine, Vermont, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Gaspé Peninsula to create a new authority called New Acadia or Novacadia based on maps of a 1702 maritime union.”

Maybe Cohen can get elected to the New Acadia senate.

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