Webcast: Bexar County Democrats put Chairman Dan Ramos on trial

Submitted by Joe Ruiz on April 15, 2011 - 2:19pm

Replay the video: After hearing hours of testimony and evidence, a panel of Bexar County Democratic precinct chairs found their party chairman Dan Ramos guilty of misconduct and neglect of duty, and said he should be removed.

The four-hour trial came at the direction of the Bexar County Democratic Party Executive Committee, which selected  committee of precinct chairs to hear and consider the evidence against Ramos in documents, audio and video recordings, according to a resolution by the executive committee.

The trial committee will present its findings to the party's executive committee, which will vote on the issue on Tuesday, May 3. (The date was incorrectly listed as Tuesday, April 19.)

Although Ramos was told to be present, he did not attend the trial at  the Metropolitan Community Church at 611 East Myrtle Street. Ramos has repeatedly said he will not resign.

Watch the video and join the conversation in our comments:

This playlist contains each segment of the trial:

The most prominent charge against Ramos involves remarks he made about some of the party's members and other offensive comments he made about gays, lesbians and African-Americans.

In an interview with Greg Harman of the San Antonio Current last month, Ramos likened the Stonewall Democrats to the Tea Party and the Nazi Party, "because they’re 90 percent white, blue-eyed, and Anglo, and I don’t give a s**t who knows that. That’s the truth. Just like the blacks, they’re strong. And there’s nothing wrong — they’re Americans — but you can’t get your way just because you’re black."

Listen to the audio of the remarks during Ramos' interview with the San Antonio Current

Dan Ramos on Stonewall Democrats, homosexuality by gharman

More coverage of the Ramos controversy is at QSanAntonio.com

In a news conference, Ramos reiterated his earlier statements and compared the local Stonewall Democrats (an LGBT-rights group) to "termites." In this video from KSAT-TV uploaded to YouTube by ThinkProgress, Ramos' remark starts at 1:17.


This story has been updated to include new information and video.

Photo of termite badge by Erin Moore; photo of Dan Ramos by Antonia Padilla for QSanAntonio.com.