Rick Beltram – Who Does He Think He Is

February 25, 2009 by  
Filed under News, SC Politics


Besides the fact they are all Republicans, you won't guess what links them together.

Over the last year and a half, I have become heavily involved in politics.  I enjoy it and am looking forward to seeing our nation progress.  However, in the following set of articles, I will put at risk my reputation in the political world at the sake of the people of Spartanburg County.

Last week, in a conversation with Spartanburg County GOP Chairman Rick Beltram, was the first time I have ever felt like I was being extorted.  After sitting on this for a week, I have decided I should share what one individual plans to do if someone does not work with him.

Last week, I kindly shared with Rick Beltram that I would not be working on his campaign for State Chairman.  At this meeting (which was supposed to be confidential), he shared with me the following information concerning my withdrawal from his campaign.  I hate to break trust in confidential meetings but the people need to know what one will do to remain in power.

Beltram first told me a story about another individual who chose not to endorse him publicly.  Simply, a current county GOP official will no longer be serving, they are “disloyal”.

Beltram then said (paraphrased), if you remain neutral, you will not be the nominee for Vice Chairman – North.

OK, so what, you are not the nominee.  Here is the issue, Beltram insists on using a nominating committee that will present a slate of candidates that he approves of.  This is his way to guarantee he stays in power in the event he is not nominated from the floor.  In conventions past, some Convention Presidents have been known to close the nominations for a position immediately after the nominating committee shared their recommendations, preventing other individuals the opportunity to “run from the floor”.

In Stalin”esque” fashion, he has told two individuals either you are with me or you are out of the county party.  Doesn’t this sound a little like “pay to play” covered in the name of “loyalty”.  Do we have our very own “Rod Blagojevich” in Spartanburg, SC?

It gets better.  It is well known that I supported Ron Paul for his positions on the Constitution and sound money during the primaries.  I will admit that I did not agree with him 100% of the time,  but I felt he was the candidate who best fit my beliefs.

So, Beltram proceeded in telling me about conversations he had in one of his private team meetings the weekend before and how they were questioning my “loyalty”.

A point was raised to Rick by one of those members…”Does he realize how much you have defended him concerning his support of Ron Paul?”

Rick continued, I don’t know but I will let him know.  He then proceeded in telling me that you realize those Ron Paul supporters are seen as kooks and crazy (pointing his finger to his temple and rotating) people.

To further make his point, he began discussing Senator Jim DeMint and his 2010 campaign.  He told me that because Jim DeMint endorsed Kevin Hall, the Spartanburg County GOP will be sitting on its hands in 2010 if and when he asks for assistance.

Is this the leadership and deceitfulness we need in our party?

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  • Amanda Moore

    Thank you for your courage. Indeed, this is an outrage!! I will be sure to forward this to all of the Charleston County GOP. Lin, Charm, Terrie, and all of the rest of our county are people of integrity. They won’t take this lightly. Thank you again for standing.

  • http://charter.net rick beltram

    You have had your phone disconnected…… so you cannot be contacted………and now this!
    I believe that falsehoods can in fact be subject to very swift lawsuits.
    You have crossed the line…..young man.

    Rick Beltram

  • RonPaulWasRight

    And Beltram, we remember you, breaking the rules and pimping Romney too. We haven’t forgotten. I’m spreading this in Ron Paul blitzlike fashion.

  • Anonymous

    For anyone who doubts Rick Beltram isn’t afraid to play hardball and break the rules for his own political gain, read this blog:

  • Richard

    Gary–this whole thing sounds really bizarre. Your description of the conversations between you and Rick is not very well-written. If you re-read it you will see that it does not really make sense to the average reader. I hope you were not under the influence when writing this. You really owe it to your readers to provide a clearer depiction of the events you are discussing.

  • Matt Markenson

    You obviously don’t care about your political future. You are the chair of the Spartanburg Young Republicans and you attack your county party chair on your blog (in a pretty poorly worded post)? A lot of this sounds like you are holding some kind of grudge and it all seems very petty and EXTREMELY unprofessional.

  • Reaganite

    You know, we have far too many people in politics that are only concerned with a “political future” and not actually concerned with what’s right or wrong. For someone to burn their political future to stand on principal speaks volumes about that person. Way to go Gary!! Besides, everyone knows Beltram is a thug but most of the candy-@ss people in the GOP won’t stand up to him. Time for this New Jersey “GOP Boss” to be run out of town…

  • Reaganite

    Oh, and is dude’s hair real?
    Just asking…

  • Shannon

    Reaganite–you really are clueless when it comes to politics. Plus–do you think Gary’s post has any coherency? I dont think so.

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  • salkehatchie slim

    What possible difference does it make that somebody had their phone cut off?

    This just shows how base and common Beltram is. Is a carpetbagger of the worst sort. He ought to be run out of this state on a rail.

    A simple Google search can show you all the shady stuff he has been involved in.


  • Lynne Coats

    Who is Rick Beltram’s mentor? Who has Rick Beltram sworn loyalty to?
    Seems to me Gary has only sworn loyalty to his wife and his God. To demand that someone be loyalty in this way appears to me to be a dictatorship. Sadam is dead……
    Yes, Gary has crossed the line, Rick. He is not standing with the corrupt polical community. He like Jim Demint, and Mark Sanford
    are willing to stand up for what is right and just.

  • Mark

    Did anyone hear Rick Beltram on WORD radio yesterday? I wish the host had actually asked him to respond to the charges here as well as the audio. But Rick essentially babbled off some stuff about your blog not being credible/spreading rumors etc. and calling out Russ Cassell for talking about your blog. But Rick NEVER denied what you have said. Interesting…

  • Molly McFee

    I must say the post by Gary could be more specific and plain. However, personally, I know very little about Rick Beltrum but, I have heard much about him and it is all negative. I too am getting more involved and plan to run for County Council next term. Spartanburg needs more true conservatives. There is a huge difference between a Republican and a Conservative with the exception of Jim DeMint. Go Jim!!!!!!!!!