Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he tweeted affectionately at a very attractive 24-year-old during the State of the Union address, but then promptly deleted the messages. Many speculated that Cohen, 63, was carrying on some kind of love affair with a much younger woman.
However, in a stunning twist, Cohen told NBC News on Thursday that the blonde bombshell he was tweeting at, Victoria Brink, is actually his daughter.
The Hill first reported that Cohen, a long-time bachelor, deleted tweets calling Brink “beautiful girl” and remarking “ilu,” short for “I love you.” The congressman claimed there was nothing inappropriate about the tweets and the woman was actually the daughter of an old family friend. Well, now he says she is actually the daughter of an old girlfriend of his.
Here’s a photo of Brink from CollegeDozen.com:
Cohen said he became overwhelmed with excitement when Brink tweeted that she was watching the State of the Union.
“When she let me know she was watching the State of the Union address I was thrilled that she wanted Steve Cohen to be part of her. I had such joy, that I couldn’t hold back from tweeting her,” Cohen said.
How did he discover three years ago that he had an illegitimate child? He says he “googled” Brink’s mother, an old girlfriend of his.
“I googled her mother, found out she had a child and the math looked pretty accurate…The mom told me we had a lot of catching up to do,” Cohen explained.
Brink’s mother reportedly told Cohen he was the father. Cohen recalled her saying: “Yes every time I look at her I see the German Jew in her face.”
“I’m Lithuanian — close enough,” the congressman added.
Cohen told NBC News that he “loved her” and was “proud to be her dad.” The two have apparently gotten to know each other over the years and he took her to a White House Christmas party.
“I’ve been able to take her on a tour of the Capitol and the White House, I want her to see my world and be a part of it,” said Cohen.
We didn’t see this one coming.