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Act dropped from Markey event over Confederate flag

US Representative Edward J. Markey disinvited Tuesday a Confederate flag ­defender, former television star, and onetime House colleague from playing music at Markey’s 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 ­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.

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