An anonymous mailer indirectly accusing Brunswick candidate Eric Beasley of beating his wife and faking cancer has injected new venom into next week’s City Council election.

The flier — listing quotes and allegations connected to a 6-year-old divorce complaint — is not signed. The six other council candidates denounced the mailer and called for a new law that could prevent another anonymous attack.

Beasley said Montgomery County politician and attorney Robin Ficker, an adversary, might have been involved, but he would not specifically accuse Ficker without proof.

Asked by The Frederick News-Post on Wednesday if he is responsible for the mailing, Ficker wouldn’t directly answer, but said, “Where the mail comes from is not the important part. Why don’t you ask whether there will be holes in the wall at City Hall?”

Ficker was referring to one of the anonymous flier’s many quotes attributed to Beasley’s ex-wife, Amanda Flanders, cited from court papers. The quote is: “The holes in the office walls are a daily reminder to me that you can be violent.”

Other quotes refer to Flanders accusing Beasley of hitting, scaring and controlling her. One quoted comment says Beasley “erroneously told [Flanders] he had cancer ...” A citation after each quote refers to a Howard County divorce proceeding involving Flanders and Beasley in 2010 and 2011.

“Can you vote for a candidate that beats his wife and fakes cancer?” is written on the flier beneath the quotes in bold capital letters.

Beasley denies all of the accusations made during the divorce proceedings. He said the divorce happened during a dark period, when he had severe depression and suicidal thoughts. The mailer sent him back to a time he’d worked hard to move past, he said.

“It was like everything was right in my face again,” he said in an interview. “I felt like I had to protect everything I’d worked hard to gain, my family and my kids.”

A Frederick News-Post reporter reviewed the case file in Howard County this week and found that the original complaint, supposedly the source of the quotes, was either not in the file or in a sealed envelope. Other filings in the case from both parties in 2010 and 2011 — some with references to actions described in the quotes on the flier — were available, but none had any of the exact quotes cited on the flier.

Beasley is one of seven people running for three council seats in Brunswick. The city also has a two-way contested race for mayor.

Beasley has publicly feuded with Ficker, a perennial Montgomery County candidate for local, state and federal office. This year, Ficker ran unsuccessfully for Maryland’s 6th District seat in Congress, losing in the Republican primary.

The feud includes political blogger Ryan Miner, for whom Beasley writes. Sometimes, Ficker is a target of Miner’s blog.

On the blog, Miner posted a screen shot of a private Facebook message in which Ficker told Beasley: “I plan on covering the Brunswick elections on Facebook. Part of that will be your criminal record and allegations of abuse against you.”

In an interview, Ficker acknowledged sending that Facebook message.

He also acknowledged using Heyman Mailing Service in Rockville — which owns the postal permit number stamped on the anonymous fliers — for mailings in his congressional campaign. But he said it’s a large business that many other people use.

Heyman Mailing Service on Thursday confirmed that it mailed the flier for a client but declined to say which client.

Beasley, an eight-year veteran of the Army, has said he served close to four years in Iraq. He has said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and sees a counselor at the Fort Detrick Veterans Affairs clinic every other week.

Beasley has since remarried and has two children. He works as an information security consultant.

Flanders, his ex-wife, could not be reached for comment Wednesday or Thursday.

All six other council candidates in Tuesday’s election — Ginger Cayo, Laura Dvorak, Amanda McGannon, Vaughn Ripley, Tom Smith and Angel White — told The News-Post they were not involved in the mailing and didn’t know who did it.

All said they prefer to focus on top issues in Brunswick, which include economic development, the city’s sidewalk policy, and drugs.

White, the only incumbent in the council race, said Beasley regularly attends council meetings, but she has never known him personally and has no reason to want to slander him.

Ripley said that when he found out about the mailer, he thought of how it would affect his 11-year-old daughter if her father were publicly shamed.

“It’s beyond anything I can support,” he said. “It’s not who I am or what Brunswick is.”

In state elections, campaign material — ads, fliers, social media messages — must include an “authority line,” indicating who is responsible for sending it. Brunswick election law, however, does not require an authority line.

“I don’t know why this is not required already,” Dvorak said. “It should be.”

“It’s something I’ll definitely consider putting forward” if elected, Ripley said.

Beasley said he hopes he can use the final days before the election to talk about what he wants to do for Brunswick, such as using more than $1 million in annual budget surplus on a rebate to taxpayers or repairing water and sewer lines, sidewalks and roads. He’d like to give council members power to put legislation to a referendum.

“I think I have great ideas for Brunswick,” he said. “Let’s focus on those.”

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Its kind of shocking that our Sheriff, Chuck Jenkins (Who I support) would endorse a candidate like this? Maybe he didnt know of Mr. Beasley's past. If so, I hope the Sheriff will retract his endorsement.


This is an example of what is happening at the national level trickling down to local politics. It is reprehensible. Candidates should be evaluated on their stance and record. That said, having listened to several candidates on our local gossip station WFMD, it proves to me that words have meaning and consequences.


Being almost totally impartial, not living in Brunswick, it makes little difference to me who wins there. It does seem like Beasley has been unduly vilified, from reading this article. Maybe not, it will be up to the Brunswick voters to decide that. Tome is a known quantity and all the people I know like her, if I were there, she would be my choice for Mayor.


Angel White - doesn't know difference between slander and libel. Is that the kind of person we need on Brunswick's council?


The flier brought to mind the concept "the end justifies the means." The flier will not influence my vote on Brunswick's election. However, I cannot vote for Mr. Beaseley because if my memory is correct, he wanted to lead a recall of Mayor Tome. A recall, while legal, is very destructive and would not help Brunswick in any way. It only contributes to divisiveness.


It was Robin Ficker. The account was traced for him.



Beasley forgot Galatians 6:7, "for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

The loudmouth's chickens are coming home to roost.


More than a year ago, community members strongly tied to both the Democratic And Republican Party came together to address concerns about a fraudulent drug addiction rehab program with financially exploitive and undisclosed recruitment goals for an internationally known, cult-like group near Thurmont Maryland. What concerned us most was the lack of real, quantifiable, certified health care it would provide to patients of familes desperately seeking help for their loved ones. For me, having lived those moments of desperately seeking qualified care for a loved one, it was personal. As one of those few Republicans that set aside political ties, Eric Beasley made it a personal involvement on behalf of other families too. It may well be the only time Mr. Beasley and I will ever agree on anything. But I will forever defend his ability to cross the line when it comes to caring for his fellow man. It takes bravery to speak to the struggles we have overcome and forever striving to lift others up while maintaining our own personal well being. Bravo Zulu, Beasley!


Beasley and Miner are two peas in a pod seems. Miner pulled some dirty tricks while he was running for school board in Washington County. Also he supports Cindy Rose. Karen Harshman Ryan's opponent sought a peace order against Miner because he was doing the same type of stuff to her that has been done to Eric, dirty political tricks. Google Ryan Miner and Karen Harshman. Your jaw will drop.

Ryan Miner was relentless towards Karen Harshman..not sure why, it was almost like he was stalking her and now the same type of dirty tricks are being played on Beasley..what is it they say about Karma???

Not so sure I would have made this a public information story Eric...see who really knew about your past? Now we all know about your past. Not all attention is good attention.


People we really need to keep people like Eric, Ryan and Cindy out of Public office...they are not fit to hold public office. Do some research on any of them, and you should before you vote....oh heck why am I wasting my time? Look who the right has elected to almost be President of the free world, a toddler. People knew full well what he is and they still voted for him....face palm. Now we know why our government is so dysfunctional..we keep voting idiots into office because we think god will help us? See proof there is no god...


The flier in question came into my mailbox last week. It looked like the handy work of an unscrupulous attorney. You see this kind of garbage in divorce proceedings. One side used the criminal court as leverage in a family law case.


Again Ficker the perennial loser will try to do whatever it takes, no matter how low, to finally win an election. Give it up Bud, you've always been, and will continue to be a loser.


[thumbup][thumbup] Amen!! Flicker will NEVER be my attorney. AND EVERY chance I get I spread the word. What a jerk.

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