Following uproar, Loudoun library board appointee resigns
Andrew R. Beacham, who once tore up pages of the Koran in front of the White House, was unanimously confirmed to the library board by the Board of Supervisors Jan. 2. But uproar ensued last week when the Washington Post highlighted Mr. Beacham's past political activity, which includes a congressional run in Kentucky and fervent "Christian and patriot" advocacy, including disparaging comments against homosexuals, progressives and President Barack Obama.
On Sunday, Mr. Beacham wrote to board members, “Thank you for considering me for a position on the Library Board. Due the circumstances, I hereby tender my resignation effective immediately from the Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees.”
Mr. Beacham was nominated by his local supervisor, Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), himself known for extreme political showmanship as president of Public Advocate of the United States, a conservative advocacy group designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay hate group.
Despite pictures showing Mr. Beacham at a Public Advocate protest in 2009, Mr. Delgaudio maintained Monday he met Mr. Beacham in fall 2013.
Mr. Delgaudio told the Times-Mirror he found Mr. Beacham to be calm and level-headed upon the two men's initial meeting, and that was something the Sterling supervisor believed would serve well the local library board.
A couple of Mr. Beacham's inflammatory remarks on Twitter include "... that is why I say scalp early, scalp often. The only good progressive is a dead progressive, neo-Marxist-Nazi POS ... " and " ... Lake Michigan is steaming 'cause that is where Obama's hot gay lovers are buried ..."
The Board of Supervisors routinely approves community board and commission nominees put forward by the respective district's supervisor.