Letter to the Editor:
February 21, 2019
The Cape & Islands delegation of Massachusetts state senators and representatives is a group of eight individuals of varied backgrounds, experiences, ages, and political perspectives. Two from our group were singled out by inference in a completely inappropriate tweet by a Barnstable County commissioner who continues to spread hurtful, bigoted, and juvenile commentary.
Recognizing that Ronald Beaty engages in this boorish behavior to elicit reactions for his own amusement, we would prefer to simply ignore this latest example of his tone deaf rhetoric and have the press and social media do the same. However, our silence could be interpreted to imply indifference and that would be a gross misinterpretation of how we feel about the situation.
Instead, we defend our colleagues who were attacked and encourage Mr. Beaty to stop besmirching the reputation of everyone in county government, both elected and appointed, by resigning his office immediately. Enough is enough.
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Signed by: Senator Vinny deMacedo, Rep. Timothy Whelan, Rep. William Crocker, Jr., Rep. David T. Vieira, Rep. Randy Hunt, Rep. Dylan Fernandes.