Bil Browning

Maryland Democrats use religious right as pawns against transwoman

Filed By Bil Browning | December 17, 2009 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Dana Beyer, Duchy Trachtenberg, ethics charges, Maryland, Montgomery County, religious right

Dana Beyer, senior aide to Montgomery County, Maryland Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg, has been caught up in a politically motivated ethics charge being pushed by fundamentalists with the help of Democrats. Beyer, a frequent Bilerico reader and commenter, is a transgender woman.

This stunning tale involves flurries of ethics charges, transgender discrimination charges, illegal computer searches, political motivations, and using the religious right as pawns in a game of political assassination. The list of county agencies and politicians involved in this cascading pile of bad decisions and insider politics is staggering.


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Dana, good luck in all this. Is there anything that other Marylanders can do?

I live in Wicomico County, and if there is anything we can do, please let us know.

It would have been a better interview if Bill had asked what the actual charge was and what specific alleged conduct it was based upon. All we have is her general denials and accusations of "anti-trans bias", a term which, as I have learned from this blog, gets employed for purely self-serving reasons.

Seems to me that the key unasked question is whether she made any mention of her status as an employee of the councilwoman when she was working on the decline to sign effort. She clearly denies ever having said something like "the councilwoman forbids you to petition". That is all well and good, but if Bill wasn't such a patsy for his trans interview subject, he might have asked her whether she said anything about her connection to the councilwoman.

I actually don't think that's the key question. This is the religious right we're talking about, and I don't give them enough credence to even think that there's even a 1% chance that their argument has credence.

Anyway, great video. Intriguing story.

The "religious right" doesn't have the power to investigate and bring formal ethics charges. The a county attorney in liberal Montgomery County did that. It may be that Ms. Beyer is completely innocent and that these charges are bogus. But to determine that, we need to know what she is accused of doing while participating in the decline to sign effort.

I would also note that Ms. Beyer refers to affidavits submitted in support of the charges. She doesn't say who the affiants are and Bill, in keeping with his sycophantic approach, doesn't bother to ask anything about these affidavits. But if they are affidavits from her accusers, that would mean they have sworn to the allegations under the penalty of perjury. Now, the religious right folks are liars, but if they were willing to commit to specific allegations under oath, they can't be dismissed without fair scrutiny.

at the time of the alleged incident a video was circulating of the entire encounter. Dr. Beyer did absolutely nothing unethical or wrong.

MitchInOakland MitchInOakland | December 19, 2009 12:04 PM

Whaddya mean, Sara?

There's a substantial discussion of the charge in the video - supposedly "intimidating voters."

Well said Mitch,apparently Sara wasn't really listening.
Sara also said:
"I would also note that Ms. Beyer refers to affidavits submitted in support of the charges. She doesn't say who the affiants are and Bill, in keeping with his sycophantic approach, doesn't bother to ask anything about these affidavits. But if they are affidavits from her accusers, that would mean they have sworn to the allegations under the penalty of perjury. Now, the religious right folks are liars, but if they were willing to commit to specific allegations under oath, they can't be dismissed without fair scrutiny."
It may have been that those giving the affidavits and those who brought the action againist Dana asked the court not to allow their names to become public at the time.Who knows?such actions are taken all the time.
Sara,I hope your not saying what you call the religious right never lies,or that their immune to lying.
History and current events show that anyone or organization is capable of lying to try and further their perceptions or beliefs.
In court oneside or the other is either deliberately lying,trying to surpress the truth and facts about something or their taking actions due to lack of knowledge which demonstrates a lack of intelligence.
If,what you call a religious right individual is accused of something wrong should the court dismiss any action taken againist them?
I hope I made my point that anyone and any organization no matter who they are,are capable of lying to save their skin or attempt to further their cause by doing so.

Dana Beyer, senior aide to Montgomery County, Maryland Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg, has been caught up in a politically motivated ethics charge being pushed by fundamentalists with the help of Democrats.

This is the real Democratic Party in action. Yeah let's all line up, donate money, and vote for the these people, again. Yeah that'll make things better...really.

Sounds like competitive local politics, don't know why she makes HER gender identity part of the story.

She didn't. It was already there.

If she is not being accused of anything pertaining to gender identity, then it's not part of the story. It looks unprofessional and overly dramatic.

Disprove the charges and make news with real issues.

I dunno maybe its just me, but someone getting railroaded for shepparding a gender identity civil rights bill to victory is a real issue.

MitchInOakland MitchInOakland | December 19, 2009 12:23 PM

It sure as heck looks like an ugly attempt at right-wing vengeance to me, too - and elsewhere on this site (many times), I've been accused of being transphobic.

Dana, I don't care whether you want to call yourself a "he" or a "she" (or whether we might disagree on what's imagination and what's reality); FWIW, I've got your back.

As is obvious from my screen name here (It's Oakland, CA.), I live on the West Coast. Is there anything I can do to help you out of this jam?

I should add a caveat here: My Congressman is Rush Holt, who is a Democrat, and he's awesome. I just wish most of the Party had 1/10 of the credibility and truly progressive attitude and voting record he does.