Ed Markey disinvites pal Ben Jones from fundraiser over Confederate flag flap

May 15, 2013

Rep. Ed Markey disinvited an old friend from a D.C. fundraiser Tuesday night over his support of the Confederate flag.

'The General Lee' from 'The Dukes of Hazzard'. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
‘The General Lee’ from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Actor and former Georgia congressman Ben Jones, best known as “Cooter” on “Dukes of Hazzard,” was scheduled to play with Cooter’s Garage Band at the $5,200-a-person fundraiser for Markey’s Massachusetts’ senate campaign. But at the last minute, Markey asked Jones not to come. “The fact that this is regarded as a political liability means that they think it’s going to be a close race,” Jones told the Boston Globe.

Markey found out about Jone’s spirited defense of the controversial flag just hours before the party. Jones posted a letter on his website last year after NASCAR banned the show’s iconic car “General Lee” from appear­ing at Phoenix International Raceway because the Confederate flag is painted on the car roof. Jones wrote that NASCAR had dishonored Southerners and caved to political correctness and corporate sponsors.


Ed Markey (Kris Connor / Getty Images)

Jones was unrepentant Tuesday, saying that the Markey staffer who called to cancel his appearance at the home of Ginny Grenham and Paul Zevnik “insulting me, my beliefs, my politics, my heritage, and everything else, and I guess my musicianship. I basically told the guy to fold it four ways and put it where the sun don’t shine.” But, he added, he would still vote for Markey if he lived in Massachusetts.

 

Update: Jones teed off in an op-ed for the Boston Globe on Wednesday. It’s worth reading: ‘Cooter’ and ‘Fast Eddie’

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