Republican Caucus Cowed By Scott Beason
MONTGOMERY — Despite repeatedly dragging Alabama into the national spotlight for his embarrassing and racially inflammatory remarks, Scott Beason (R — Gardendale) has been allowed to retain his position as Chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee by his fellow Republicans in the Senate caucus.
“Scott Beason only cares about himself,” said Judge Mark Kennedy, Chairman of the Alabama Democrats. “He will do whatever it takes to claw his way to the top, even if it means dragging his fellow Republicans into a federal trial by wearing a wire or trying to bankrupt Jefferson County. If the Republican caucus doesn’t have the fortitude to take him to task over this, I can only wonder what else that wire recorded them saying. I wonder if we’ll ever get to hear those tapes.”
All indications were that the Republican caucus would do the honorable thing and either force Beason to step aside or strip him of his position as Rules Committee Chairman. Beason made the national news more than once earlier this year for calling on Alabamians to “empty the clip” on immigrants and referring to African-American voters as “Aborigines” while wearing a wire during Republican caucus meetings.
The immigration legislation he sponsored in the Senate has been widely panned as an unfunded mandate, with even Republican Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan questioning the unintended consequences of Beason’s irresponsible bill on farmers and the rebuilding efforts in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. McMillan told the Huntsville Times he had seen farmers with produce rotting in the fields due to a lack of laborers.
“The Republicans have a supermajority,” Kennedy added. “And this is the man they choose to lead one of the most powerful committees in the legislature. Maybe he’ll be too busy embarrassing himself on the stand again during the next trial to do any more damage to our state, but I sure wish he’d been recording whatever happened last week.”