Markey gives Confederate flag booster the boot
May 15th, 2013
11:14 AM ET
11 months ago

Markey gives Confederate flag booster the boot

Washington (CNN) - Ed Markey disinvited former Georgia Congressman Ben Jones from performing at his fundraiser on Tuesday evening in Washington claiming that he did not know the former Dukes of Hazzard star supported the Confederate flag as a symbol of southern culture.

"Ed Markey only learned about Ben Jones' comments yesterday, he strongly disagrees with them and we asked Jones not to be part of last night's event. Ed believes such confederate relics are highly offensive, and should not be displayed in public settings, period," Markey's Senate Campaign spokesman Andrew Zucker said.

Jones played the character "Cooter" on the CBS hit television show that aired from 1979 until 1985.

Markey formally supported Jones and publicly donated to his campaign against Douglas Wilder in 1997 for a Virginia Congressional seat.

The NRSC sent a press release Wednesday morning joking, "Apparently Markey is the only person over the age of 40 who doesn't know Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard supports the Confederate flag. And Markey knows him personally."

The Boston Globe was the first to report that Markey disinvited Jones from his event. According to the Globe (LINK), the invitation to the fundraiser requests $5,200 to "host" the event, $2,600 to "sponsor", and $1,000 to attend as a "friend."

Jones was scheduled to appear with Cooter's Garage Band at the fundraiser. He began performing with since he ended his political career in 2002 after an unsuccessful campaign against Eric Cantor for the Virginia House.


Filed under: Ben Jones • Ed Markey
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Robbie

    Wow, not one mention of Markey's political party affiliation. Imagine if he was a GOPer. Bias much, CNN?

    May 15, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. much thunder..little rain

    another reason to not to vote for this life long politician...this is the same reason there are no blue dog democrats around ..its my way or the high way ...no room for moderate democrats

    May 15, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Cephus

    What matters is the American flag don't like too bad free to go where your ancestor came from!! Don't like it dive in lake cachuma.

    May 15, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. sonny chapman

    I'm from the South. I love the lyrics of "Dixie"(I'll make my stand to live & die). A dogged determination to stay put among family & community & take on what life throws at you. I'll defend those who may be ridiculed for loving that song. BUT the Stars & Bars are like a Swastika for a significant % of our population(30% in La.) To INTENTIONALLY or just by Bad Manners waving that flag that offends others is WRONG. If you don't see that & consider yourself a Christian(Follower of the Teachings of Jesus Christ as Found in the Four Gospels), then go back & READ the Four Gospels, starting with the GOLDEN RULE ,Matthew 7,12. P.S.-the City of Baton Rouge & others have hit upon a Good Compromise. They fly the original Confederate Battle Flag rather than the Stars & Bars. It honors those who thought they were doing the right thing trying to hold on to Slavery when faced with the tremendous problem of Emancipation w/out any Plan & who paid a big price for their decision.

    May 15, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    Robbie

    Wow, not one mention of Markey's political party affiliation. Imagine if he was a GOPer. Bias much, CNN?

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    No mention of ben jones' political affiliation either, so what's your point?

    May 15, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    much thunder..little rain

    another reason to not to vote for this life long politician...this is the same reason there are no blue dog democrats around ..its my way or the high way ...no room for moderate democrats

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    It's his event – he can invite or disinvite anyone he wants. It isn't like your ilk would have voted for him anyways, and why risk alienating your constituents to cater to a hater? As for blue-dog dems, during the runup to the 2010 election, several blue dogs voted against Dem legislation in an effort to save their bacon back home. None were primaried by dems, but every single one lost their seat to a tea candidate.

    May 15, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. nuclear mike

    Georgia Congressman Ben Jones...we salute your Southern values of remembering our glorious dead and the Cause!!!
    Mr. Markey be damned!

    May 15, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The Confederate flag has been demonized by the people who have changed the history of what the Confederacy was about. It is sad, that today, our country is lying to us, through media, through historians, and through race, as to what the Civil War was really about.

    It was NEVER about slavery, until Lincoln MADE IT about slavery, for his OWN purposes.

    The Civil War, and indeed, the entire secessionist movement, was because the north was treating the south like a step child, economically, and the south chose to secede and go their own way, because of that. It was really no different than the Revolutionary War, in truth.

    Lincoln acted just like the King of England, when he decided that no one was going to be permitted to secede, and he attacked the south, militarily.

    It would be nice, if people in America, didn't allow the true history of our country to become so distorted, by those who would lie to us, about what really happened in our history, because they WANT it to be about a lie!

    May 15, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    much thunder..little rain
    another reason to not to vote for this life long politician...this is the same reason there are no blue dog democrats around ..its my way or the high way ...no room for moderate democrats
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    It's his event – he can invite or disinvite anyone he wants. It isn't like your ilk would have voted for him anyways, so why risk alienating your constituents to cater to a hater? As for blue-dog dems, during the run up to the 2010 election, several blue dogs voted against Dem legislation in an effort to save their bacon back home. None were primaried by dems, but every single one lost their seat to a tea candidate.

    May 15, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Johnny Boy

    both Democrats...hmmm

    May 15, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. obama victim

    well...at least Markey is focusing on the important stuff............what an embarassment to his state he is

    May 15, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Kiss my Grits! I didn't know Cooter was still around! What's the matter Ed, don't you support Freedom of Speech? The Stars and Bars isn't flown in very many places today. I did see one in a Window in a house in Conneicutt more than once. Hang on to your Confederate money folks, the south is going to rise again. Uh, all you folks just stay up north, ya heah !!

    May 15, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    Rick, I disagree. The Civil War was different from the Revolutionary War. We broke away from an Empire & a formed a UNION of States. That Union split powers between States & a Fed. Govt. When demographics caught up w/the South, they decided to break away from their Union. They didn't like what they saw as the eventual abolition of the INSTITUTION of Slavery. Slavery was how the South maintained the Social Order between a large population blacks & whites. NOBODY had any good plan on what would replace Slavery. Equal Rights & integration for blacks into white Society was out of the question for both North & South. So was sending all slaves back to Africa. We're still struggling with these same issues today.

    May 15, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. The Elephant in the Room

    The Confedrate flag has not be demonized and history has not been distorted.

    The civil war was about slavery which was rooted in BOTH economic exploitation and dehumanizing hatred for people not like the white majority. That statement is not a re-write of history; it is a dead spot on accurate distillation of history.

    If all those "southern pride", confederate flag loving rebels had wanted to presever the "stars & bars" as some sort of nostalgic momento THEN they should have spoken up strongly when the KLAN & NAZIs co-opted it as their symbol after the war. I see the KLAN when I see the confederate flag. I see Nathan Bedford Forrest not Jefferson Davis when I see the confederate flag. That is historical accuracy.

    May 15, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. GatorDude

    Ben Jones is just a good ol' boy, never meaning no harm . . . Seriously, the Confederate Flag was perfectly o.k. on Bo and Luke Duke's Dodge Charger nearly 30 years ago. They didn't use it has a symbol of hatred. Most people don't. It is the flag that our Southern ancestors fought for their homes under. People can acknowledge how badly African-Americans were once treated, but can also acknowledge the sacrifices of Confederate veterans made, can acknowledge suffering during nearly 80 years of reconstruction, and can appreciate people fighting invaders of their homeland. The issue of race in this country is complex. Debates about guns and the Confederate flag are just meant to distract all Americans from the complete lack of progress some American sub-cultures are making on the "content of their character." People of one skin color are 9x more likely to be murder victims than people of another. It's sad and far more profane than any flag.

    May 15, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    The Confederate flag has been demonized by the people who have changed the history of what the Confederacy was about. It is sad, that today, our country is lying to us, through media, through historians, and through race, as to what the Civil War was really about.
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    I'm curious. Would make similarly glowing statements about Hitler's flag? He fought a war and lost it, too, fighting for what he believed in. The genetic superiority of Germans, which isn't too much different from the beliefs held by many slave owners that their slaves were genetically inferior.

    May 15, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Democrats showing their hatred while being ignorant of it AS USUAL.

    May 15, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    The Confederate flag has been demonized by the people who have changed the history of what the Confederacy was about. It is sad, that today, our country is lying to us, through media, through historians, and through race, as to what the Civil War was really about.

    It was NEVER about slavery, until Lincoln MADE IT about slavery, for his OWN purposes.

    The Civil War, and indeed, the entire secessionist movement, was because the north was treating the south like a step child, economically, and the south chose to secede and go their own way, because of that. It was really no different than the Revolutionary War, in truth.

    Lincoln acted just like the King of England, when he decided that no one was going to be permitted to secede, and he attacked the south, militarily.

    It would be nice, if people in America, didn't allow the true history of our country to become so distorted, by those who would lie to us, about what really happened in our history, because they WANT it to be about a lie!
    *********************
    Ever hear of Fort Sumter? The first shots were fired by a Confederate battery aiming at a federal installation with Edmund Ruffin, an outspoken secessionist, pulling the lanyard. You can claim that the Civil War was another American revolution, but 1776 was not about maintaining an unsustainable economic system, it was about being properly represented in our government and being able to determine our own affairs. The South was properly prepresented, even giving us a majority of our Presidents up to that time, but chose to secede because they knew their way of life could not be sustained unless they had access to cheap land. They were running out of places to take that economic/social system, so some chose to fight. Sam Houston warned them they were making a tragic mistake, and 600,000 lives later, he was proven right. Its a pity that you attempt to put lipstick on a pig and try to call the seccesionist movement anything other than what it was: treason. Andrew Jackson understood who was in charge, it was the president and not a governor or senator or Congressman ranting on about state's rights. If you like being part of the culture of a loser because it fits the Right wing's victim mentality, so be it.

    May 15, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine wrote:

    -Rick McDaniel .... .... Ever hear of Fort Sumter? The first shots were fired by a Confederate battery aiming at a federal installation with Edmund Ruffin, an outspoken secessionist, pulling the lanyard. ....
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    Don't be so mean with that facts, Tom. He still hasn't gotten back up from that LEFT jab.

    May 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. GatorDude

    Fort Sumter was in the sovereign territory of South Carolina and its garrison was given plenty of time to leave. They chose to continue their illegal occupation of the fortress.

    May 15, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. DumbasRocks [R]s

    GatorDude....why would one be so PROUD to be such an obvious MORON?

    May 15, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -GatorDude

    Fort Sumter was in the sovereign territory of South Carolina and its garrison was given plenty of time to leave. They chose to continue their illegal occupation of the fortress.
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    "Sovereign territory"? Ever hear the phrase a SC politician in the 19th century coined: " Too small for a republic, and too large for an insane asylum". There were entire regiments of Unionists from the South: George Thomas, the Rock of Chickamauga, was a Virginian who smashed John Bell Hood's army at Nashville and Franklin, and numerous other Southerners served with distinction. South Carolina could never survive on its own, and the notion that it was justified simply because they declared themselves " sovereign territory" is a typical sick, revisionist perversion of history. Call it whatever you will, it was treason. The South is lucky its still not under occupation now.

    May 15, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. BrerBear

    Whatever the South's motives in the Civil War, slavery or whatever, a simple fact remains – the Confederates took up arms against the United States and swore an oath to a foreign power. And that's the definition of a very simple concept: treason. Straight up, no qualifications treason. A hundred and fifty years later, we still look at these criminals as sentimental heros? They were traitors to the United States and deserved to be condemned by ANY and EVERY patriotic American. My two cents (btw, I was born and raised in the South and still love my BBQ and grits).

    May 15, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    @Tom Paine, Rudy, and Elephant in the room.

    Thank you!

    May 15, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    Wow. That one actually made it through.....

    May 15, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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