Democrat teen wins primary, withdraws after admitting to ‘revenge porn’, then jumps back in the race

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KANSAS CITY, KS –  He’s in.  No, he’s out.  No, he’s back in.

LET recently brought you an article about a 19-year-old boy who somehow won the primary election for the Kansas House of Representatives. 

Democrat Aaron Coleman solidified his win by 14 votes.

Then his past has caught up with him – with even members of his own party saying that he is not fit to lead.

Coleman apparently got the message and withdrew, so he could, “focus on caring for my family.”  Coleman, who faced calls from fellow democrats to drop out of the race, tweeted:

“Now our party can pick a new nominee.” 

Unfortunately, this short stint of being responsible ended when he announced he would continue his campaign on August 25th.

Coleman issued a statement regarding his withdrawal from the race, stating that it was a “defeat for democracy.” 

He stated:

“Phone calls of those who have voted for me in the primary have started to come in, and I’m filled with regret.  They all say essentially the same thing.  I promise change, even now, but I’m sure they realize I’m promising what I cannot deliver.”

Coleman added:

“The voters have spoken and continue to speak to me about staying in the race.  All I can say is, whoever the Democrat nominee is for house district 37, it wasn’t who the voters selected.  I apologize to everyone who voted for me.” 

However, that small stint of responsibility and listening to grown ups tell him that he was incapable of leading, even by fellow Democrats, Coleman reversed course on August 25th, saying:

“They [voters] said that they did not vote for me expecting that I was a perfect person.  They told me that all of us have sinned, and we all make mistakes. Voters do not throw out a 7-term incumbent for a person like myself unless they are deeply frustrated with their lack of representation and demanding a change.”

Coleman then attacked his already defeated opponent, Democratic Incumbent Stan Frownfelter:

“My withdrawal would immediately return to power the same corporatist, out-of-touch 7-term incumbent that voters just rejected. 

They did not only vote for me, but they voted for my platform and for change for our community.  We cannot undo democracy because I am a flawed individual who has made mistakes.  That is not fair to those voters.  They deserve to have a choice this November.”

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Frownfelter has promised to unleash a write-in campaign to stop Coleman from getting elected.  He told the Wichita Eagle that he did not agree with Coleman’s characterization of him as being out-of-touch and a corporatist. 

Frownfelter said

“I just can’t believe that he continues to tell lies about what I’ve accomplished.  I don’t understand why he’s slamming another Democrat.  And I’ve never said a word about him.” 

The reason why Coleman is continually attacking Frownfelter is because he is hoping to ensure a victory in November.  Even though there is not a republican on the ballot, the people can write in an opponent.  Something that Frownfelter is counting on.

It is highly doubtful that Coleman initially dropped out of the race to focus on “caring” for his family, and more likely due to the cyber bulling and sextortion he admitted to doing while he was 14.  As LET reported last week, he admitted to blackmailing a 13-year-old girl, who he had a nude picture of, to send him more or he would send that one to every person she knew. 

Katie Hampton, the victim of the sexploitation, was only 13 when the crime happened. 

Hampton said:

“He [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 she refused to follow through on the demands, Coleman followed through on his threat. 

Hampton stated:

“When I didn’t send him more, he sent it to everyone I knew.  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.”

Another girl, now 18, was cyberbullied by Coleman while they were in middle school.  The woman claims (although Coleman admitted to it) that he would make fun of her, calling her fat and told her she should kill herself.  The woman, who was not identified said she was dumbfounded when she learned that he had won the democratic primary.

The woman said:

“I was just in disbelief that another man that doesn’t respect women is in power…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…I tried to end my life.” 

As far as Coleman goes, at least he admitted his mistakes. 

He told The Star Editorial Board in a statement:

“I made serious mistakes in middle school and I deeply regret and apologize for them. I’ve grown up a great deal since then.”

Mind you, the ‘mistakes’ he is referring to are crimes and it is not like he committed them twenty years ago. At best, this was five years ago.

Coleman also posted on his Facebook Page:

“The charges include: bullying, revenge porn, and blackmail – I just want to make clear all these allegations are both true and occurred only digitally. I denounce these allegations and they are the actions of a sick and troubled 14-year-old boy.” 

So, what exactly changed in the last five years that made him change from being a “sick and troubled…boy?” 

Fellow Democratic leaders also do not feel easy about Coleman getting elected in November. And as a result, he may face stiff opposition from his own party.  Laura Kelly, the Democratic Governor for Kansas had a spokesperson report to the Insider that Coleman is “not fit to serve in the Legislature.”

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