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Ed Markey cancels Confederate flag advocate’s performance at Senate campaign fund-raiser

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US Representative Edward J. Markey on Tuesday disinvited a Confederate flag defender, former television star, and onetime House colleague from playing music at a Washington, D.C., fund-raiser hours before it was scheduled to begin.

Markey’s US Senate campaign said the Malden Democrat was “completely unaware” that former Georgia Democratic congressman Ben Jones, who played the role of mechanic “Cooter Davenport” on the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show, has long been an ardent proponent of the Stars and Bars as a symbol of Southern culture.

Jones, who describes himself as a veteran of the civil rights movement, publicly sparred in 2002 with former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder over Jones’s use of the flag in his campaign for a Virginia congressional seat.

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