Michael Lambert Comments on Controversy Surrounding County Commissioner Ronald Beaty

IN THE PRESS · March 22, 2019

Michael Lambert was quoted this week in The Provincetown Banner regarding comments made by Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty.  Beaty asked in an online post last month whether gay politicians are “too self-absorbed and self-centered to adequately represent ALL of their constituents in a fair and equitable manner.”  Beaty faced heavy criticism for his comments from both the public and state reps., including calls for his resignation, but said in response that he was simply exercising his “First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech” and that calls for him to resign were attempts to “silence” him.  When asked by The Banner whether Beaty was correct in his assessment of his First Amendment rights, Lambert explained that “when the public criticizes Commissioner Beaty for his statements and calls for his resignation, they are not infringing on his First Amendment rights. They are merely exercising their own First Amendment rights. Beaty has the right to express his opinions. But his constituents and assembly members have an equal right to respond to his speech they believe is irrational and uninformed by criticizing him.”  To read more of Lambert’s thoughts, click here to read the full story.