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Ken Aden drops out of race

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This article was published July 9, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.


Ken Aden

Ken Aden, a Democratic candidate for Arkansas' 3rd Congressional District, has withdrawn from the race, according to his website.

Aden had come under fire after the military said his claims of a Special Forces background were false.

"Unfortunately, the ongoing saga related to my military records has created a tremendous distraction for our campaign, and I did not want this to have adverse consequences for Democrats across the district or anywhere else in the state," Aden said in a statement on his website.

Aden had been running against Rep. Steve Womack, a Republican.

“We certainly respect Ken’s decision to withdraw from the race," said Candace Martin, a spokesman for the Arkansas Democratic Party. "He has a young family to consider. And I’m sure it will be good for him to have more time at home to focus on his family.”

Martin said Aden's decision means the Democratic Party will have no contender for the remainder of the congressional race against Womack.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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RBBrittain says... July 9, 2012 at 1:53 p.m.

He should have dropped out sooner; even better, he should never have made a Green Beret claim to begin with. Though I favor the Democrats, considering this is the 3rd District it's better to have no Democrat running at all than someone like Ken Aden.

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TheBatt says... July 9, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.

"a distraction"??? Hello- you flat-out lied about your military record. You continue to lie about it. Sad when a politician can't even it until they get to DC before pouring out the lies.

Yet this has become standard operating procedure for those on the Left. The president is pouring out lie after lie in his campaign as well.

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ToTheLeft says... July 9, 2012 at 2:12 p.m.

I know. Bush SO didn't lie about the weapons of mass destruction, did he?

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oldude says... July 9, 2012 at 2:18 p.m.

He did serve his country and since he was a veteran I thank him for his service. However the voters in his district should be glad he is no longer a candidate if he has chosen to lie about his military background. Heros rarely amplify there service accomplishments and his conduct in this campaign was an insult to many, many veterans. His 15 minutes of fame is over and I'll bet he leaves Arkansas with his head down.

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Que2 says... July 9, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.

MAN! How could anyone forget the revenge war for, I mean weapons of mass, I mean the war on terror??? Whatever the name of the war, innocent people died for a lie. Gas prices are still crippling the economy. And, so what that man tried to kill his daddy!

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arky12 says... July 9, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.

Probably no surprise to the Democrat-gazette newspaper, which it seems lead the attack against Ken Aden. Seems to me that this is none other then another "birther" attack by the right trying as usual to rig elections in their favor. I suppose Mr. Aden was gaining just way too much popularity in Dist 3? The Republicans couldn't stand that. He's produced his DD-214 which should be sufficient, same as a notarized birth certificate should be sufficient for our President. People who take this as truth, should wait until all is clear before making judgments on Ken Aden. I have personally met the man and he is an honorable person with no reason to lie. Why are commentators on this site so quick to buy into this? These are the same people that will believe anything because the so called "free press" says it's so. Wake up people. Politicians have been lying and distorting truth since the beginning of time. That the Gazette is a right wing newspaper is not news. I am saddened by this withdrawal as it leaves the very corrupt mr. Womack a clear path to re-election.

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arky12 says... July 9, 2012 at 2:36 p.m.

Plenty of documents to show Bush a liar. None yet to show Ken Aden a liar. People are so quick to jump to conclusions that it frankly scares me about the future of this country. I invite you all to watch a documentary about Tom DeLay and how he stole Congress. The man could look you straight in the eyes and without flinching lie through his teeth. He was eventually tried and convicted in his home state of TX and later, before he died, admitted to the D.A. that he had lied. And, this crap is still going on. Gotta dig for facts people, not just believe what you read in the newspapers and especially what you hear on mainstream media these days, since they are controlled totally by 5 corporations, many owned by Rupert Murdoch on trial in the UK, and should be here,although he's being investigated which I predict will amount to nothing since money seems to buy these people out of anything and everything these days.

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lazybar says... July 9, 2012 at 2:39 p.m.

all you whinning liberal losers put your big boy panties on and get over it.he got caught in a lie that ended his race.not adg,republican,or gwb was his own and no one elses.

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