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Nobel Peace Prize-winning scientist endorses Alan Cohn for Congress

Root worked with former Vice President Al Gore on climate change.

A Nobel Peace Prize-winning scientist is endorsing Alan Cohn for Congress.

Terry Root worked with former Vice President Al Gore on issues surrounding global warming and climate change. She was the lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report, which earned Root the Nobel Peace Prize.

The report provided evidence that climate change is a man-made disaster and outlined solutions to address the problem.

Root appeared on Cohn’s television program on ABC 7 in Sarasota.

“As a guest on his ABC7 show I was impressed with Alan’s knowledge about climate change and its impact,” Root said. “Alan realizes climate change is already affecting our environment and economy especially in Florida. I’m supporting Alan because he’s committed to being a voice and vote in Congress in the effort to taking steps to ensure we do what’s needed to avert a calamity that threatens the world.”

Cohn is running for the Democratic nomination to Congressional District 15, which is currently held by Republican Ross Spano.

“We must make our climate a priority — especially since Congressman Spano doesn’t even believe that climate change is a manmade problem. I am honored to have Terry’s support in my campaign. I enjoyed our meaningful discussion on climate change when she was a guest on my show. Congressman Spano would be wise to listen to people like Terry instead of denying facts,” Cohn said.

Cohn faces Rep. Adam Hattersley in the primary. The winner will take on Spano in November.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has not endorsed a candidate in the primary, but will be a significant resource for the winner when they move to the general election.

The DCCC has made unseating Spano one of its top priorities this election cycle. Spano is vulnerable because of his campaign finance scandal involving illegal campaign loans in 2018 for which he is now under federal investigation. The district has also shifted from a deep red seat to a competitive battlefield for Democrats.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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