Cohen: Despite DNA test, was nice to have daughter

By the Associated Press | July 19, 2013 | 9:35 AM EDT

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, Congressman Steve Cohen accepts his victory in Memphis, Tenn. Cohen says he's "stunned and dismayed" to learn that DNA tests revealed he is not the father of a woman he thought was his daughter. Cohen issued a statement Thursday, July 18, 2013, after CNN reported that DNA tests showed Victoria Brink isn't his daughter. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Alan Spearman, File) NO SALES, MAGS OUT, TV OUT, MEMPHIS OUT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee congressman who learned he's actually not the father of a woman with whom he had an affectionate Twitter exchange during the president's State of the Union address says it was still nice to feel like he had daughter.

In an interview aired Friday on "CBS This Morning," U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said he loved 24-year-old Victoria Brink, whom he first learned about three years ago, and tried to do everything he could for her.

But Thursday, CNN reported that DNA tests showed Cohen isn't Brink's father.

Cohen said he didn't initially seek a DNA test when he first found out about Brink because he didn't have any children and was thrilled to have a daughter. He said he also didn't want Brink to think he was trying to avoid the situation.