- Kansas Democrat Representative Aaron Coleman, 21, was arrested Saturday morning for a DUI
- Coleman was out on bail on misdemeanor battery charges after allegedly beating and spitting his brother, as well as threatening his grandfather.
- Other state officials have voiced their support for Coleman’s resignation following his erratic behavior.
- He was also accused of past violence against women that had surfaced before he took office.
A 21-year-old Kansas Democrat representative has been called to step down after he was arrested on Saturday for a DUI in weeks after he was granted bail in alleged domestic violence.
Aaron Coleman, 21, was bailed out of prison earlier in October after ‘killing and spitting on his brother’ as well as ‘threatening to attack his grandfather’.
He was arrested on Interstate 70 around 1 a.m. Saturday, but was released later that afternoon on $250 bond.
More details about his latest arrest – in which he was suspected of being on alcohol or drugs – and the results of any sobriety tests – have yet to be shared.
Recent arrests and his past history of inappropriate behavior have prompted Democrats to demand Coleman’s resignation from his position.
Kansas Democrat Representative Aaron Coleman, 21, was arrested Saturday for a DUI while he was already out on bail for misdemeanor battery charges.
Coleman was arrested earlier in October for spitting and beating his brother, as well as threatening his grandfather
“I want to reiterate what I’ve said in the past: It’s clear that Representative Coleman is in dire need of help,” House Democratic Leader Tom Sawyer said.
“For the sake of the state of Kansas, its constituents and itself, she must resign and focus on getting the aid she desperately needs.”
‘The tension of the legislature is not a healthy environment for anyone in this mental state.’
Governor Laura Kelly agreed with Sawyer’s statements because she also felt Coleman needed help.
‘Wealth. Coleman’s most recent arrest is further evidence that he is not fit to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives and that his continued presence in the Legislature is a disservice to his constituents,’ she said.
‘He should resign immediately and seek the treatment he needs. If he does not resign, the legislature should use its own procedure to remove him from office.
Coleman, who held his position for a year, was arrested in October for crimes related to his brother and grandfather, which saw him in Johnson County District Court on charges of abuse battery.
His brother claimed that according to an affidavit obtained by him, the couple were arguing over their impending baptism before beating and spitting. Fox 4,
House Democratic Leader Tom Sawyer called on Coleman to resign after his erratic behavior
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly concurred with Sawyer because she felt Coleman needed help.
Grandpa had witnessed the fight and was threatened by Coleman as he saw him hitting a fan and flipping over a chair.
Coleman is said to have suffered from sleep deprivation as he claimed he did not rest for 72 hours, which could explain his violent behavior.
He pleaded not guilty and was later released on $1,000 bond.
However, he had to undergo a mental health evaluation by a judge and recently announced that he was attending therapy.
He is due back in court for a diversion hearing on December 22.
It also isn’t the first time Coleman has been asked by fellow lawmakers to step down.
Before being elected, he faced charges of revenge porn when he was a teenager and abusing a former ex-girlfriend who claims he slapped and strangled her.
Sawyer issued a statement to reiterate the view that Coleman needed to resign because ‘the stress of the legislature is not a healthy environment for anyone in this state of mind’.
It is claimed that his abusive behavior towards women officers, however, did not stop after he took over.
He was allegedly harassing a female campaign officer for an adversary as he sent her harassing messages, barged into her house twice and even attempted to evict her. Kansas City Star,
Coleman also threatened Kelly on Twitter, saying she would face a ‘bloody’ primary.
He said in the deleted tweet, ‘People will realize one day that when I say hit out on you it is real.
A total of seven women MPs had opted to resign before her election after becoming aware of her past behaviour.
Despite the allegations, he was only issued an informal letter of warning when confronted about him by an investigative committee.