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Markey asks Confederate flag defender to avoid fund-raiser

Who among us, to borrow a phrase from a former senator, has never been feted at a D.C. fundraiser featuring music from a former “Dukes of Hazzard” actor who last year wrote to NASCAR protesting its decision not to allow a car drive a speedway lap because it had a Confederate flag on its roof?

US Representative Edward J. Markey was supposed to have just that experience at a Tuesday night event, featuring musical guest Ben Jones. A former two-term Democratic congressman from Georgia, Jones played the role of mechanic “Cooter Davenport” on the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show.

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