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A Democrat Kansas state representative accused of physically assaulting a girlfriend and harassing her with revenge porn is changing his party affiliation as the legislature begins the process of removing him from office.

State Rep. Aaron Coleman is changing his party affiliation to “independent” amid a standoff with the Kansas State House Democrats who seek his expulsion from the legislature over his repeated abuse of, and violent threats, toward multiple women.

House Democrats have refused to give any committee assignments or even an office space to Coleman, a 20-year-old Democrat elected to his first term in November, citing Coleman’s confession to abusing a former girlfriend, threatening to kill her and targeting her with revenge porn.

“It has been made clear to me that the Kansas Democratic leadership, despite presiding over a party with so few members that it cannot prevent the majority party from overriding any vetoed legislation, is not willing to respect the fact that I was elected as a Kansas Democrat to represent my constituents,” Coleman said in a Facebook post.

Democrats also refuse to list him among their membership on the House website and have filed formal paperwork to begin the process by which the House can expel him by a two-thirds vote.

A self-described democratic socialist, Coleman defeated seven-term Democratic incumbent Stan Frownfelter by just 14 votes in a Democrat primary last year, despite a conviction for threatening to shoot a female classmate and a former girlfriend publishing text messages from him in which he threatened to kill and dismember her.

Despite admitting he planned to kill multiple women, the then-19-year-old Coleman won the Democrat primary by accusing his opponent of not being liberal enough.

Frownfelter ran as a write-in candidate in the November election with the endorsement of Kansas Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly and numerous elected officials, but Coleman won due to Democrats voting straight-party.

A dishwasher who lives with his mother, Coleman has a long history of making violent threats toward women.

When Coleman was 14 he was convicted of harassment for telling a classmate how he planned to bring a gun to school and shoot her, the Kansas City Star reported.

During the campaign, a former girlfriend told the Topeka Capitol-Journal how Coleman hit and choked her.  Coleman also sent the woman text messages telling her “I hope you get abducted raped chopped up and have ya pieces scattered and Burnt in different locations,” and “If you get pregnant, I will have to kill you and the baby.”

After being denounced by the Kansas Democrat Party, Coleman agreed to withdraw his nomination, but later reneged and remained as the Democrat nominee in the heavily-Democrat Kansas City district, all but assuring his election.

Coleman also threatened Gov. Kelly on Twitter, telling her in November she would face an “extremely bloody” primary in 2022 and that, “People will realize one day when I call a hit out on you it’s real.”

Earlier this year Coleman reached a legal agreement with Frownfelter’s former campaign manager to stop stalking her after he repeatedly showed up at her apartment and tried to have her evicted. That court order cited among the reasons he may be expelled from the Kansas House.


Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Nate
Nate
1 year ago

Sounds like a Democrat to me.

John Strom
John Strom
1 year ago
Reply to  Nate

Aaron Coleman SHOULD be a hero to Kansas Democrats. He was going to commit Infanticide of his own kid. Democrats praise those supporting abortion so they should praise Coleman. They probably do.

Laura
Laura
1 year ago
Reply to  Nate

I was going to say the same thing. He has all the qualifications!

Dick
Dick
1 year ago

He should fit in well with others.

BrewDubbs
BrewDubbs
1 year ago

Who expected anything but this?