Someone needs to check the Kansas water supply, because Democratic primary voters have nominated a 19-year-old young man for public office who has admitted to previously committing blackmail and even sending “revenge porn” of a minor girl.
Now, Aaron Coleman, who admitted to harassing girls in middle school and circulating a nude photo of one 13-year-old girl, is the subject of allegations by ex-girlfriend Taylor Passow that he has violently abused her with the past year.
The Intercept reports:
In a hot tub at an Airbnb in Kansas City, she said, the two were discussing Coleman’s interest in a threesome on December 27, 2019. Passow said it wasn’t her thing, but maybe as a birthday present she’d break up with him for just one day and he could have one. Coleman didn’t like the joke, she recalled. “He sat there for a few seconds, then he jumped on top of me, put his hands around my throat and started squeezing, and slapped me three times, and said, ‘I don’t know where the f*** you think you’re going,’” Passow recalled and said she pushed him off her.
Next, Passow said, Coleman demanded that she apologize for threatening to break up with him, stormed out of the hot tub, and went to the car. She didn’t want to lose him, she said, and texted him an apology. He said he was only warming up the car. “I’m sorry baby I failed your sh** test,” he texted back. The texts, reviewed by The Intercept, were sent to a number associated with Coleman’s campaign finance registration.
Just this week, the growing stack of evidence of Coleman’s poor character pushed him to drop out of the race—a move he retracted within days. At this time, Coleman appears to remain on the ballot, in spite of many in his party largely abandoning him.
Last week, Coleman, a dishwasher and community college student, defeated seven-term incumbent Stan Frownfelter by 14 votes in the Democratic primary for the 37th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.
While Coleman and his campaign celebrated, those who knew him just a few years ago in school were stunned.
“I was just in disbelief that another man that doesn’t respect women is in power,” a now 18-year-old woman who said she tried to commit suicide due to Coleman’s bullying told The Kansas City Star.
In sixth grade, she says she recalls Coleman “calling me fat, telling me to kill myself, like I’m never going to find anyone, like I’m worthless, just downgrading me every day.”
Another woman told the Star that Coleman “got one of my nudes and blackmailed me with it and told me if I didn’t send him more he would [send] it to all of my friends and family.”
“And when I didn’t send him more, he sent it to everyone I knew,” she said. “I don’t know how he got the picture. All I know is he’s an awful person and he should not be allowed to run for anything.”
Coleman was asked about the claims by The New York Times, telling the paper that “They’re accurate.”
“The charges include: bullying, revenge porn, and blackmail — I just want to make clear all these allegations are both true and occurred only digitally,” he wrote on his official campaign Facebook page in June. “I denounce these actions and they are the actions of a sick and troubled 14-yo boy.”
As an aside, Coleman also confirmed in an interview with the Kansas Reflector that he was the author of a Facebook post laughing about the possibility that former state Rep. John Whitmer, a Republican Wichita radio talk show host, could die of COVID-19.
“John, I’m going to laugh and giggle when you get COVID and die,” the post read. “At least we can say you died doing what you love. Ask your buddy Herman Cain how it worked out for him.”
Unsurprisingly, support from state Democrats for Coleman has ceased in light of his recent predatory behavior and crass comments.
Democratic Governor Laura Kelly will support Frownfelter, who is running as a write-in candidate and whom Coleman denounces as too moderate of a Democrat.
“Aaron Coleman is not fit to serve in the Legislature,” a spokesperson for Gov. Kelly told The Times.
On Sunday, the Times reported that Coleman had decided to withdraw from the race to “focus on taking care of my family & surviving the COVID Great Depression,” adding that his father was in the hospital. “I regret my past actions and hope to continually learn from them as I grow into the person I hope to be.”
That regret appears to be short-lived and Coleman seems to have grown into a better person in a matter of days as he announced on Tuesday that he is, in fact, staying in the race.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Coleman said that he had been under attack from the moment he won the primary. “I obviously did not expect to have my entire personal life, especially what I did in middle school, put under that kind of national microscope,” he said, adding that his supporters had urged him to stay in the race and had told him that “all of us have sinned.”
While Coleman can conveniently excuse away his sickening and predatory behavior—gaslighting everyone into oblivion in the process—let’s not forget that middle school was only a few years ago for him.
It appears Coleman is little more than yet another Democrat who talks a big talk about defending women—especially their right to murder their children with abortion—but behind closed doors is a common predator.
Old sins cast long shadows, and such recent and egregious behavior should be a clear indicator to anyone with any sense that this young man does not belong in any position of leadership. In fact, if Passow’s allegations are true, he belongs behind bars for assault, not in the Kansas House of Representatives.
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