Congressman Thought He Had a Secret Illegitimate Daughter, But He Doesn’t

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Steve Cohen and Victoria Brink at a White House Christmas party.
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The personal life of Tennessee House Democrat Steve Cohen has been a bizarre mix of Days of Our Lives and Catfish lately: When he was caught tweeting during the State of the Union address to young aspiring swimsuit model Victoria Brink, he was forced to admit that she was his long-lost daughter. He deduced as much when, as he explained, he "Googled her mother, found out she had a child, and the math looked pretty accurate," despite another man believing all along that he was Brink's father. This morning, nearly six months after Cohen went public with his unscientific revelation, CNN pulled a Maury and issued a paternity test.

Victoria Brink, it turns out, has a 0 percent chance of being Representative Cohen's daughter.

"I was stunned and dismayed at the results," said Cohen. "I still love Victoria, hold dear the time I have shared with her and hope to continue to be part of her life."

Asked what she learned from the ordeal, Brink said, "Maybe do a DNA test first?"