CAPITOL HILL (AP) – A Democrat defending Barack Obama’s former work as a “community organizer” has compared his party’s presidential nominee to Jesus Christ.
A conservative activist says Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) then went on to suggest that Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin was like the Roman governor who had Jesus crucified.
Democrats were stung by Palin’s convention speech in which she said that as a mayor before becoming Alaska’s governor she was like a “community organizer” — but with actual responsibilities.
On the House floor Wednesday, Cohen said, “Barack Obama was a ‘community organizer’ like Jesus.” The congressman then added, “Pontius Pilate was a governor.”
Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition calls that outrageous and is urging Cohen’s colleagues to denounce his speech.
Earlier this year Cohen received the Award of Excellence for Public Service from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.