The Chairman of the Barnstable County Regional Commissioners issued the following official statement at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday:
"Barnstable County Regional Government would like to apologize to the residents on Cape Cod for the offensive and discriminatory questions posed online by Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty. Commissioner Beaty’s sentiments do not represent the views of Barnstable County, and we strongly oppose this kind of divisive behavior. We are proud to serve Cape Cod, a unique region of collaboration and partnership that embraces diversity and inclusion."
A Tweet (see below) issued by Beaty yesterday erupted in controversy after many took the message as homophobic. The Tweet asked "Generally speaking, are gay politicians too self-absorbed and self-centered to adequately represent ALL of their constituents in a fair and equitable manner?"
A Cape Cod Times story Wednesday morning quoted several politicians denouncing Beaty for perceived homophobia and more. State Rep. Tim Whelan (R-Brewster) specifically called for Beaty's resignation. Many other officials from both parties expressed their disapproval.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Beaty issued the following statement via Twitter:
In this country, we have something called the United States Constitution, which includes our First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech!
I happen to be an elected public official who frequently asks questions, and chooses to exercise that God given Right from time to time.
Moreover, in speaking my mind, I am not politically correct and hope others will speak their minds in an equally candid fashion as well.
Since I have done nothing wrong, then I have absolutely nothing to apologize for, and most assuredly will not consider resigning from my position as Barnstable County Commissioner!
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