Imre Beke, Sr. – A Grating Demagogue

Dump Terry Bernardo

There are five Election Districts in the Town of Rochester. Each district elects two persons to the Ulster County Republican Committee, and they are known as Town of Rochester Republican Committee. Since 2009, none of them were actually elected. They got the seats by successfully challenging the opponents’ petitions. More power to them.

In June 2010, a Republican resident’s decision to run for a seat in District 2 triggered a flurry of emails between the ten members of said Committee. For its sheer non-sense, unmitigated demagoguery and downright stupidity, this email – sent by Imre Beke, Sr. to the other nine committee members – takes the cake:

    From: Imre Beke Sr.
    Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 4:49 PM
    To: Dave O’Halloran, Shane Ricks, Leon Smith
    Cc: Zaccai, Dejager, Callan, Case, Bernardo, Ryan
    Subject: GOP District 2

    David, Leon and Shane:

    I fully agree with the opinion expressed by both Shane and Leon.

    Regardless of the personalities involved, my major concerns from an objective point of view are as follows:

    (1) After so many years of division in our Town’s GOP (not to mention of the incompetence and ineffectiveness of the previous Committee), we finally have a united, well-organized Town Committee, ready for a major election campaign next year. We know that the opposing party will launch a major campaign to regain its power, with the consequences of tax increases, divisions, etc. following should they win. Any action that weakens our GOP’s united front to retain the majority is insulting to our fellow citizens who support our Republican and Conservative values and also an affront to our whole community’s expectations.

    (2) It is the duty of the Committee to find talented people with political ambitions. We should encourage such people to participate in the many different positions, memberships available in the different entities of our Town Government. To participate in this process of nomination is a great responsibility for the members of the Committee. Now, in view of this fact, let’s analyze the situation for a minute. If the chair (or any other officer) of the Committee (or of any Board, Commission, etc) is doing an excellent, constructive job (as David is certainly doing, in our case), how would the common good be served if somebody wants to replace him/her only to satisfy his/her own blind ambition? Then, the inevitable question arises: how can we expect one to have the wisdom and temperament to make objective, unselfish judgments as a Committee member, when one seems to be incapable of taking into consideration the damages that one’s actions will cause for the community?

    (3) Shane probably remembers that when I was a member and Chairman of the Planning Board (for 14 years), I constantly defended our fellow citizens’ causes (many times against the opinion of our town attorney) by claiming that we should take into consideration not only the “letter of the law”, but also the “spirit of the law”. In our present situation, somebody may have the “right” (by law) to act against the common good, but still abuse and violate the “spirit of the law”. Here is the reason: ethically, whenever the Committee will discuss an issue involving the Town Board or the nomination (or support) of certain persons to a position, the question of conflict of interest will come up if a Town Board member is also a member of the Committee. If such a person is not able to understand the ethical implications of this conflict, then the natural remedy should be to convene an “executive session” without his/her presence. Obviously, that will create further division in the community, thanks to that person, who is deliberately trying to sabotage the GOP’s agenda and mission.

    This is only “one man’s opinion”. I strongly believe that if we honestly want to have a strong GOP presence and good, conservative governance in our Town, we had better make sure that our ranks are united and not let the needs of the party and the community be usurped by selfish ambitions.

I’m not going to insult your intelligence by pointing out what’s wrong with this email. (On the other hand, if you don’t see it yourself, no amount of pointing out will help.) But I must tell you who was the challenger Imre Beke loved to bitch about: Town of Rochester Councilwoman Manuela Michailescu. You are not surprised.

– Jon Dogar-Marinesco

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10 Responses to Imre Beke, Sr. – A Grating Demagogue

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dude, who’s this Beke guy? Is he for real? You’re not pulling our collective leg, are you?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am speechless ! Is this guy for real ????

  3. Anonymous says:

    What can possibly be the GOP’s “agenda and mission” that a Republican town board member shouldn’t be aware of? Mr. Beke, what are you up to?

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Here is the reason: ethically, whenever the Committee will discuss an issue involving the Town Board or the nomination (or support) of certain persons to a position, the question of conflict of interest will come up if a Town Board member is also a member of the Committee.”

    I assume Beke’s concern dissipate in the case of a legislator – let’s say Terry Bernardo – being also a member of the Committee.

  5. Anonymous says:

    With defenders like Beke, O’Halloran doesn’t need any enemies.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “We know that the opposing party will launch a major campaign to regain its power, with the consequences of tax increases, divisions, etc. following should they win.”

    The Republicans ran unopposed in the following town elections. Supervisor Chipman got more votes on the Democratic line! So much for Imre Beke Nostradamus’ rusty crystal ball. What a pretentious prick!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus FN Msgr Curtin Assembly (present), Director, Parish Network- Our Lady of Lourdes, Kerhonkson, NY (2006-present) and Eucharistic Minister, Hon. President, American Hungarian Federation (founded in 1906), Member Ulster County NY Republican Committee-Secretary Town of Rochester Committee.

    C’mon, give the gentleman a break. He lives for titles. Make him secretary of the republican committee and he would rather die than lose the position. I’ve seen lots of pathetic characters like him.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “This is only “one man’s opinion”. I strongly believe that if we honestly want to have a strong GOP presence and good, conservative governance in our Town, we had better make sure that our ranks are united and not let the needs of the party and the community be usurped by selfish ambitions.”

    The old fraud gets his marching order from Bernardos and O’Halloran, then starts foaming at the keyboard. That for sure will guarantee a “strong GOP presence.”

  9. Anonymous says:

    “After so many years of division in our Town’s GOP (not to mention of the incompetence and ineffectiveness of the previous Committee), we finally have a united, well-organized Town Committee,”
    What has this Committee done differently than the last one? They complained that the old committee backed democrats, so does this one. They complained that no one could get on the old committee unless hand picked by the chair, this one runs the same way.

    This current Committee was very effective in awarding an arrogant self serving enemy of the taxpayer the chairmanship of the County Legislature. Yeah…not the “effective” I’m looking for.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Oh my!

    “I fully agree with the opinion expressed by both Shane and Leon.”
    1. blah…
    2. blah… blah…
    3. blah… blah… blah…
    This is only “one man’s opinion”.

    Sounds like “Shane and Leon” are of the same mindset as this guy.

    If these guys are all on the Rochester Republican Committee and the entire Committee thinks like this all I can say is: Rochester, you guys are in trouble!

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