Top Kansas Democrat urges representative to resign following arrest on suspicion of DUI

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The Democratic leader of the House of Representatives in Kansas urged Representative Aaron Coleman to resign after his colleague’s arrest Saturday for allegedly driving under the influence.

Tom Sawyer, the Democratic minority leader, said in a statement that it was clear Coleman was “in dire need of help”.

“For the sake of the state of Kansas, his constituents and himself, he should step down and concentrate on getting the help he desperately needs,” the statement read. “The stress of the Legislature is not a healthy environment for anyone in this mental state.”

Fox 4 KC reported that Coleman has served in the State House for a year. He was caught on Saturday around noon. 1 on Interstate 70, Kansas City Star reported. The 21-year-old had been out on arrest from an arrest in October on charges of misdemeanor. He has allegedly threatened to attack his grandfather and is accused of hitting and spitting on his brother, the newspaper reported.

Rep.  Aaron Coleman has represented Kansas' 37th District in the State House of Representatives for a year, Fox 4 KC reported.

Rep. Aaron Coleman has represented Kansas’ 37th District in the State House of Representatives for a year, Fox 4 KC reported.

The newspaper pointed out that Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly also called for his resignation, saying state lawmakers should act if he does not leave on his own. She called the latest arrest “further evidence that he is not fit to serve time.”


Coleman did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News after opening hours.

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