Tags: dukes | hazzard | senate | race

30 Years Later, Dukes of Hazzard an Issue in Senate Race

Friday, 17 May 2013 04:01 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former Rep. Ben Jones has ripped his old friend Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., for keeping him out of a fundraiser for Markey's Senate campaign.

A Markey campaign staffer gave the boot to Jones, who played mechanic Cooter Davenport on the 1980s TV show "Dukes of Hazzard," after the campaign learned he has defended the Confederate flag. Jones was going to play with his band at the Markey event.

The "General Lee" — the Dodge Charger featured in "Dukes" — had a Confederate flag design on its roof, and Jones publicly objected to NASCAR's decision to cancel a planned parade lap by the car at a race last year because of the flag.

"It isn’t every day that one makes preparations to go and play music for some friends but instead ends up being portrayed in the national press and on the Internet as some sort of antediluvian racist who should not be seen in the company of someone aspiring to the Senate," Jones wrote in response.

"But that’s what happened to me Tuesday," added Jones, who sat in Congress as a Democrat from Georgia from 1989-93.

"It seems to me, Eddie, that in this Internet world you and Al Gore invented, things are being simplified to the point of idiocy," he says.

"So rather than having a serious discussion about the use of symbols, and the context of symbols, and the meaning of symbols, the argument has been boiled down to something like this: 'Rebel flag bad. Racist! Me good. Not racist!'"


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Rubio Showing Growing D.C. Donor Base

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 16:35 PM

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't brought in the most money of any potential 2016 presidential candidate during . . .

GOP Making Bold Play for US Senate Seat in Oregon

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 11:28 AM

The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elect . . .

Viguerie: Time for Tea Party to Take Back 'Hijacked' Republican Party

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 21:00 PM

Tea party conservatives who are angry at establishment Republicans for allowing the GOP to be hijacked need to "take o . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved