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Kansas Democratic female legislators, House speaker to Aaron Coleman: Resign

Titus Wu
Topeka Capital-Journal
Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City, Kan., is facing calls to resign as a state representative-elect of the 37th District.

Incoming Kansas House Democratic female legislators put out a letter Monday calling on Rep.-elect Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City, Kan., to resign.

"We believe in second chances. We believe that people can change. However, actions in recent weeks, combined with his history of violence, continuously demonstrate that he is unfit to serve," Rep.-elect Mari Lynn Poskin, D-Leawood, said in the letter.

Coleman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

But on Twitter, he fired back at the female lawmakers.

"Neo-liberal corporate Democrats in the #ksleg cannot claim to advocate for women if they seek to overturn the vote of thousands of women who voted for me," he wrote.

Coleman, a Wyandotte County teenager, won his Kansas House seat in November after beating out incumbent Rep. Stan Frownfelter in the August primaries. 

Rep.-elect Aaron Coleman is facing calls for his resignation.

But his win has come with major controversies as it was revealed he had engaged in circulating revenge porn and threatening to shoot a student when younger. His ex-girlfriend came out alleging that Coleman had continued his abusive behavior of her very recently until his House bid.

In the latest controversy, Coleman is facing a temporary anti-stalking order in which Frownfelter's former campaign manager says Coleman harassed her and came to her home twice. A hearing could be held in March. 

All that, including Coleman's tweet of issuing a "hit" on Gov. Laura Kelly, were cited as reasons for the women's call for him to resign.

"We stand united with survivors of sexual assault and violence and acknowledge the pain that the continued notoriety may be causing women and survivors," said Rep. Jennifer Day, D-Overland Park, in the letter. "At least four of the seven of us are survivors of sexual assault, and our hearts go out to those who are suffering."

House Speaker Rep. Ron Ryckman, R-Olathe, agreed.

"He should resign," he said in a text message. "The voters would be better served by less controversy." 

But Ryckman has been hesitant to agree with state Democrats looking to unseat Coleman, previously saying he wasn't a fan of undoing the will of the voters.

Based on past comments, it doesn't seem the teenager is looking at resigning.

"This is democracy. And if those people pick me to be the representative, then I'm the representative. I'm going to keep my head down and do my homework,” Coleman previously told The Topeka Capital-Journal.