(CNN) – With tears welling up in his eyes, Rep. Steve Cohen talked about his disappointment Monday in learning that the long-lost daughter he found out about three years ago was not in fact his daughter.
"She was my family," the longtime bachelor said on CNN's "New Day." "She was my only family."
Washington (CNN) – "I was totally stunned."
That's how Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, described his reaction upon finding out the woman he thought was his long lost daughter, really wasn't.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, spoke Friday with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. Here’s a transcript of the interview.
Bash: How did it feel Congressman when you found out that the woman you thought was your daughter is really not?
Cohen: I was totally stunned. When I took the DNA tests I did it to satisfy her needs. She said that she didn’t know who her biological father was and for her mental health she needed it. I had avoided it but I would do anything for her and I told her mother, there were certain things her mother wanted me to do, and I told her I would not do that unless Victoria wanted it and I would do anything for her. But I thought it was just perfunctory. I felt confident, that it was for sure that I would come out that I was the father.
When I found out I wasn’t I was floored.
Updated 2 p.m. ET, 7/19
(CNN) – Dismayed to learn that a DNA test proved his long-lost daughter was not actually his long-lost daughter, Rep. Steve Cohen explained Friday in an interview with CNN why he had believed he was the father for several years: He had taken the word of the mother.
The Tennessee Democrat also told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that he had taken the recent DNA test because the daughter, Victoria Brink, asked him to.
Updated at 2:06 p.m. ET, 7/19
(CNN) – "Overwhelming, crazy, stressful."
That's how Victoria Brink describes her life the last few months. She's the woman who had a Twitter conversation with Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee during this year's State of the Union speech.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee admitted sending out a flashy tweet this week hoping reporters would fall for a ruse to help generate publicity for his home district. But he also raised more questions about his original motivations.
Cohen told reporters Friday he was retaliating against what he called "gotcha journalism" and that they should have been more careful two months ago treating a story about his daughter.
(CNN) - A congressional Democrat said the decision this week to publicly acknowledge that he had a daughter, a woman he didn’t know about until three years ago, was difficult for both of them.
In an interview with CNN’s “The Situation Room” on Friday Rep. Steve Cohen described how an Internet search for a former romantic interest led him to discover the woman has a daughter, who bears a striking resemblance to him.