Back in the 1990's, County Commissioner Ron Beaty was at a low point in his life. He had a serious problem with alcohol, was in the midst of an acrimonious divorce and had "hit bottom". In the midst of this "dark time", Beaty was convicted of making threats against President George H. Bush, Senator Ted Kennedy and State Senator Lois Pines. He served time in federal prison for those offenses.
Commissioner Beaty is now contemplating applying for a presidential pardon.
Beaty says he has remained alcohol-free for nearly thirty years. He has moved on with his life and, most recently, won election as a Barnstable County Commissioner. He is currently mounting a primary challenge for the legislative seat of fellow Republican Randy Hunt.
The Commissioner is a conservative Republican and strong supporter of President Donald Trump. He feels this may be the best time for him to seek a pardon. Mr. Beaty feels he has much in common with President Trump, which might help if he applies for a pardon.
Pardons do not expunge the record but do confer a certain degree of forgiveness.
Locally, Beaty is a magnet for controversy. His Tweets on everything from killing sharks, to bashing the #MeToo movement to ridiculing Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg have raised countless hackles. There always seems to be some group or another screaming for Beaty's head.