Daily Archives: July 19, 2013

Report:Mult Co Chair Jeff Cogen Used His Kids to Babysit Mistresses’ Children, Discussed Marriage & Job Promotion

A picture of Sonia on Cogen's Flickr account.
A picture of Sonia on Cogen’s Flickr account.

KATU reports tonight that Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen used his kids to babysit his mistresses’ children and discussed marriage and a job promotion with her. 

From KATU:

Hundreds of emails between Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas paint a broader picture of their relationship – one sprinkled with flirtation, talks of private lunches and persistent smiley faces.

Here’ s the ookity part about his kids babysitting hers,

The two grabbed lunch often, went to a Rush concert together and Cogen’s kids babysat her children. 
“It’s weird,” Manhas wrote in October 2011 about the babysitting. “Yup,” he wrote back.

Then of course there’s the part about him positioning her, ahem, for a new job and 20% raise. 

…the emails show the two did talk about the promotion: Manhas forwarded the job opening to Cogen with the message: “FYI (with a smiley face emoticon).” He emailed back a smiley face. In September when Manhas got the job, Cogen emailed her: “Damn, that Sonia woman sounds great!”
Cogen has said he doesn’t believe he violated any county rules because Manhas isn’t his subordinate. 
Coincidentally, in one email sent Aug. 30, 2011, Manhas wrote in reference to a county project: “…I would rather work directly for you.”“Sounds good to me!,” Cogen wrote back.


KATU reports going through 500 emails between the two. 500.  Including ones about marriage and her job promotion,

KATU found flirtatious emails and undertones of a deeper relationship — and a whole lot of smiley faces in the emails. The two also discussed the job promotion that Manhas ultimately received.
Among the signs of something deeper: In June 2011, Manhas alluded to a conversation the two had in the car.
She wrote: “Fun last night. I’m intrigued with what you shared on the drive back about marriage. Let me know if you are interested in picking up that conversation sometime. You can also tell me if this is totally an unwelcome inquiry.”
Cogen wrote back: “Hope you’ve crossed the border into vacation. Let’s get lunch again and we can continue our conversation.”

If I’m the head of the Children’s Fund (Cogen’s wife) I’m dumping the dude. Using your kids to babysit your girlfriend’s kids while you’re having an affair? Using your influence to get a job and raise –using taxpayer funds–for the woman you’re screwing?? 

Wake up, Portland. This is what corruption looks like.


President Obama on Zimmerman Case Makes Appeal to Fear. That “Click” of the Car Door Locks Means You’re a Racist. No, Men, It Means We Know Crime Stats.

Obama Trayvon MartinThe President of the United States of America came to the White House briefing today to personalize and emotionalize the Trayvon Martin killing and to tell reporters what it’s like to be a black man in America today.  

It was, in reality, an effort by the President to sell Eric Holder’s plan to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman by bringing race into a case in which race had no role.

The President used his speech to demonstrate the racism he claimed to have felt in his life,

And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

Overturned trash cans, vandalism and #JusticeForTrayvon hashtags aside, the non-SEIU members of the country have noticed Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict was the product of a trial in which the defense’s story made more sense than the one told by a swearing and prancing prosecutor. It also comes from a man who is the recipient of $1.4 billion of our  yearly tax payer dollars to keep him and his family in  the style to which they’ve now apparently become accustomed. 

The President was also trying to hip-check the Charles Barkleys of the world and to further racialize a case against George Zimmerman, the ‘white hispanic’ who has a mixed race family and who shot Trayvon Martin in the midst of the youth beating the crap out of him,

African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. 


I’d like to tell the President that not all of us are like his “typical white Grandmother” who  imputed horrible motives to black men. I’d like to tell him that we’re not all like Jesse Jackson who claims that when he sees a mob of black youth he’s scared. And forget for a moment that the President assumes racism against him was turned off the moment he became a Senator due to the radar we white women possess. 

No, the President is wrong. Wrong. He assumes that because he hears the lock clicks and sees the purse clutching that it’s because he’s a black man. He believes these moves are because of his color.  And as a result of lumping us all into a the bin of racism he has now done a huge disservice to the safety of women. 

Let me be clear: IF he ever heard the clicks it was because he is an M-A-N. 

The overwhelming number of women are intimidated and victimized by men. Sitting at a traffic light or stop sign, women will check to see if they are safe, and if their locks are not deployed…click. We do this not because we don’t trust your color, we do this because we don’t fancy becoming a rape/assault/car-jacking victim.

We don’t know you and we don’t owe you an explanation, we just want to be safe. Now you’re trying to make us out as racists. It’s not about you, it’s not about your color, it’s about crime stats and not wanting to become a victim. 

As a woman who has been a radio talk host for years, black men often use this very example as evidence of racism. I’ve tried to disabuse black men of this specious claim for years. I’d love to simply send this story to the dead letter office. Better yet, why don’t we just round-file this poor excuse. I’m sure there room in the file right next to “long hot summer.”

President Obama Divides Instead of Unites on George Zimmerman Case

Obama Trayvon MartinThe President doubles down and has added to his “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon Martin” and now says he could have been Trayvon Martin all those years ago. Really? Would he have come back and jumped a George Zimmerman in his neighborhood? Really?

The President took to the podium today to further personalize the George Zimmerman case to make an emotional attachment to himself instead of making the case for the rule of law. He inserted himself in the case to make a point about race–which was not an issue at trial and only the view held by race hucksters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.

For the only-child-in-chief it’s always about him, never the country. Where he could have been uniter he once again has become a divider. Instead of being an attorney in the White House he used his position score political points. 

Where was the upbraiding of thugs and hoodlums for trashing cities across the country over a verdict that the President doesn’t elucidate? Instead, he further personalizes and emotionalizes a case that could have been explained, but he did not do that. Shame. 

Author Brad Thor Explains to Me His Offer to Buy George Zimmerman a New Gun: If They Can Take Zimmerman’s Gun Away, They Can Take Yours.

Author Brad Thor, an American Patriot and best selling book author, issued an unusual offer last night:

Brad Thor Offer to Zimmerman

After getting word that Florida officials were returning Zimmerman’s gun and other personal effects following his not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice stepped in and froze the prosecutors’ ability to give back any of Zimmerman’s personal effects. He purportedly did it in anticipation of a civil rights lawsuit against Zimmerman. Holder’s own FBI has found no racial animus, required for a civil rights lawsuit, but the rule of law is a malleable thing in the Obama Administration. 

Steamed upon hearing it, Thor made his offer. I was able to talk with him this morning in a quick interview on Mark Larson’s Show at KCBQ San Diego. Listen here>>> Brad Thor – TAFT – 7.19.13

 Read Brad’s latest book Hidden Order by clicking on the image. It’s terrific.

Brad Thor Hidden Order