Barnstable commissioner candidate minimizes ties to Oath Keepers
Beaty says he gave small donation to far-right group in 2014
RON BEATY, a Republican candidate for Barnstable County commissioner, said Monday that he made a small donation to the right-wing group Oath Keepers in 2014 but has not been involved in the group since then.
CommonWealth reported earlier this month that the Anti-Defamation League analyzed a leaked database of members of the Oath Keepers, which is described by The Southern Poverty Law Center as one of the country’s largest right-wing anti-government groups. The ADL analysis flagged two politicians in Massachusetts as being included on that list – Beaty, a former Barnstable County commissioner who is running for the office again, and David A. Sanders of Wilbraham, a member of the Wilbraham Republican Town Committee.
Sanders said at the time that he came into contact with the Oath Keepers at a Washington rally run by talk show host Glenn Beck’s 9-12 Project more than a decade ago. He saw the group as pro-Constitution, not anti-government, and has had no additional involvement with it since that time.
Beaty declined to comment when the information was first leaked. He later said in statements that he was considering legal action and demanded an apology from the Anti-Defamation League – an organization he referred to on Twitter as run by “a bunch of far-left liberal pinheads.”
Beaty added, “Since 2014, I have had no further involvement with the group. I never participated in any group meetings or other organization activities in any way, shape or form.”Beaty also said that all elected officials should be “oath keepers” since they are required to take an oath of office to defend the Constitution.
Beaty is running against incumbent Democratic county commissioner Ronald Bergstrom in the November general election. He served time in federal prison for threatening to kill President George H.W. Bush and other politicians in the 1990s and has called himself the “Donald Trump of Cape Cod.”