The Cocaine Commissioner

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Nov 11, 2013 2:43 PM
To review: Earlier this year, Cogen was riding high atop the county in his powerful elected office, overseeing a $1.5 billion budget and more than 4,000 employees. The Democrat was even frequently talked about as a potential future candidate for Portland mayor. But then, in late July of this year, news broke that Cogen had had an eighteen-month affair with a subordinate, a health department official named Sonia Manhas. (They were outed by an anonymous email from someone working for the county.) What’s worse, Manhas had been promoted while the two were having the affair, spurring allegations of impropriety. Moreover, it soon came to light that Cogen had used public money to pay for a hotel room for a tryst with Manhas. Cogen stepped down in disgrace shortly thereafter, but the hits keep coming. Late last week, reports surfaced that Manhas told prosecutors that throughout their affair, Cogen frequently smoked marijuana and dabbled regularly in cocaine. Indeed, Manhas says that Cogen even performed some of the more laborious functions of his job–attending community parades, for example–while under the influence of marijuana. The whole thing is positively Toronto-esque.