Ron Beaty: Assembly to vote on Hate Speech Resolution Wed 3/6 – contact your Assembly Delegate
Original post describing Beaty’s issues, and nationally publicized comments and actions you can take, and updates below.
New 3/5/2019: The Assembly of Delegates meets Wednesday 3/6/2019 at 4 pm at Barnstable County Complex Harborview Conference Center, 3195 Main St. (Rt 6A), Barnstable, (click here for map). Their meeting agenda includes public comment and a proposed Hate Speech Condemnation Resolution. See agenda: 3-6-19-Business-Calendar.
If you are able to attend, the more bodies the better! We also urge you to contact your Assembly delegate, whether or not you can make the meeting, and ask that they support the resolution and any proposals to add a recall to their charter later this spring, click on the image of the assembly-person who represents your town for contact information. You can also send an email to the clerk and ask that it be added as testimony and to the record of the meeting: email@example.com
We are still encouraging the actions suggested in our original post below, including contact the state party. Local Republicans have “condemned him” and the Cape Cod Republican Club requested he resign his position, but he is still a member of the party. The state Republican party must take stronger action, or, like it or not, they take responsibility.
Beaty himself has poo-pooed the calls for his resignation. In a letter he wrote that was published in Cape Cod Times, he said:
Regarding the ongoing political harassment by others attempting to muzzle me by trying to force me to resign, I want to say that if my freedom of speech rights are successfully silenced by others, then their First Amendment rights are next!
Again, no, I will not apologize, and certainly will not resign.
Yes this is giving him the attention he seeks, but each time he says something outrageous he makes national headlines as an elected official. He makes these statements from his Twitter account that identifies him as a Barnstable County Commissioner. We cannot ignore this behavior he represents Cape Cod.
Update February 27: Ron Beaty didn’t show up to face a standing room only crowd who came from all over Cape Cod to confront him. Despite his excuses of a “family emergency” during the meeting he was tweeting about the weather. The Cape Cod Times captured the meeting in a photo spread that leads with his empty desk and includes photos of people who spoke.
We’ve heard from many of you that, like our official twitter account, have been blocked by Beaty on twitter. That in itself may be a violation based on a court finding that said Trump cannot block constituents (We the People) from following him on twitter. That we have a legal right to know what someone who is identified as a elected representative is saying. We are looking into that.
Please take the actions described below:
Original Post February 22, 2019: This past week, Ron Beaty has enjoyed local and national headlines for abhorrent behavior. Again.
It’s become a regular pattern of embarrassment for many of us here on Cape Cod, as he is a one of the Commissioners who represents Barnstable County.
In October of 2017, Beaty was rebuked for using his twitter account – which, at the time, identified him as a Barnstable County Commissioner with no caveats- to post a tweet denigrating the #MeToo movement.
Last spring, Beaty gained national attention for tweeting insults to and about David Hogg, Parkland school-shooting survivor turned gun-sense activist. Back then, calls for Beaty to apologize and step down were ignored and he seemed to enjoy the attention and support he got from like-minded people on the social media platform.
Like a child looking for attention any way he can get it, Beaty has pushed the boundaries of decency, again. This week, he posted a homophobic tweet, that seemed to refer to two Cape Cod legislators. He is once again garnering negative attention while representing Cape Cod. Many of us have reacted the same way:
“What can we do about this guy?”
Public calls from local officials and state officials for him to resign fall on deaf ears. Fellow Republicans’ admonitions and calls for him to resign ring hollow, as they are just words with no action.
County government is organized by a charter, which is a home-rule (created by the constituents of the government being developed) document like a constitution. An initial charter, and any substantial changes after it is established, has to be passed by voters and then approved by the state legislature.
Last year we supported a petition asking for a recall provision. Adding a recall provision to the County charter was discussed after his twitter assault on the #MeToo movement, and is in a package of changes being proposed to a charter commission that will present recommendations to the Cape Cod Assembly of Delegates. and will follow the process involving voters and the state legislature. In other words, it appears a recall petition/election is not a tool available to us right now.
- Request and support censure by both the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates and Commission. This would be non-binding, but is the message is important and would be in place the next time he seeks national negative attention on Twitter or anywhere else. Contact your County Assembly-person linked from here. Contact the Commissioners here.
- We need to insist that the state and local Republican organizations do more than speak out against him. He must be formally censured and if possible, his membership to any of these clubs or organizations should be revoked. Will they support him if he wins a primary in 2020? Contact the state party: https://www.massgop.com/contact
- Finally, in 2020 we ALL must pay close attention to the ballot and support anyone who runs against Beaty in the general election. The County Commissioners’ race is down-ballot, after popular races. It is often overlooked, especially in presidential elections. In 2020 both Beaty and Mary Patt Flynn (D Falmouth) are up for reelection. The ballot will include multiple candidates and the top two vote-getters will win the seats. These were the results in 2016.
Let’s not let this happen again!
In response to the few who have suggested that we are giving him too much attention, unfortunately, he has managed to get national attention on more than one occasion for his insulting, intolerant and abusive tweets. We must not ignore this. It reflects badly on Cape Cod. We have to decide whether his comments are representative of who we are. If he removes references to his elected position, then they are his own comments. But without the identity as an elected official, he won’t get the national attention he seems to enjoy. It’s a circuitous, but overall our reputation suffers.
Stories – some national outlets – about Beaty’s (most recent) Bad Behavior:
- MA GOP official who threatened to kill George H. W. Bush cites Trump in refusal to apologize for anti-LGBT remarks
- GOP official says it’s OK to attack gays because Trump does it too
- Official Cites Donald Trump to Defend Tweet Suggesting Gay Politicians ‘Too Self-Absorbed’ to Govern
- Cape Cod Commissioner Under Fire for Social Media Post on Gay Politicians
- Has County Commissioner Ron Beaty Finally Jumped the Shark?
- Mass. Republican under fire for anti-gay post blames Trump
- County Officials, State Lawmakers Call For Ron Beaty To Resign
- Barnstable official criticized over Twitter poll asking if gay politicians are ‘too self-absorbed’ to be effective
(If you see errors or omissions please contact CapeCodWomenforChange@gmail.com)
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