A 21-year-old Kansas state lawmaker was arrested on Saturday. It was his second arrest in a month and even Democrats are calling for him to resign and to get help. Earlier in the month, State Rep. Aaron Coleman (D) was arrested for domestic battery after he went nuts on his 18-year-old brother who had decided to be baptized. He also got testy with the police officers.
State Rep. Aaron Coleman (D), who represents Kansas City, Kansas, in the state legislature was arrested just recently by a state trooper who arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was detained on Interstate 70 near Lawrence. He was taken to the Douglas County Jail, but was later released on bond. The Hill reached out for comment from Coleman but did not receive a reply.
When he was bailed out, he was already out on bail for attacking his brother. The police say he pushed, hit, and spit on him.
Coleman has been under scrutiny since he was elected. He won the election after knocking out the incumbent Rep. Stan Frownfelter (D) by 14 points in the Democratic primary. He had also been previously charged with revenge porn after he was caught doing revenge porn and cyberbullying girls when he was in middle school. When the news came out, he temporarily suspended his campaign, but just a few days later, he decided to continue on.
A number of local leaders are now calling on Coleman to resign.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) in a statement said Coleman is “not fit to serve” and that his “continued presence in the Legislature is a disservice to his constituents.”
“He should resign immediately and seek the treatment that he needs. If he does not resign, the Legislature should use its process to remove him from office,” she added, according to KCTV 5.
Kansas House Democratic Leader Tom Sawyer said Coleman should “resign and concentrate on getting the help he badly needs,” according to KCUR.
“The stress of the legislature is not a healthy environment for someone in this mental state,” he added.
Coleman was forbidden from entering the Kansas Department of Labor’s offices last month, according to the AP, after he allegedly acted in a disruptive way. The lawmaker, however, said he was trying to assist his constituents.