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Consequences of tweet about tipping cost Oregon agency chief’s job

The executive director of the League of Oregon Cities resigned on Monday after admitting to making “insensitive and abusive” remarks to a mayor who had betrayed him about one of his tweets.

Mike Bud’s resignation was accepted Monday evening by the board of the organization, which provides lobbying, policy and other assistance to the cities of Oregon. Called “unforgivable” the board’s statement, which Bud sent to Beaverton Mayor Lacey Beatty on Friday night.

The exchange began on Friday evening with a post on Bud’s now-deleted Twitter account, declaring that he does not tip at fast-food restaurants and suggested that any employee who objected to it , he should get “an education and a better job.”

bt replied to tweet, marking it as “let them eat the cake” and adding, “If you don’t want to tip during a global pandemic you should make your own food at home.”

According to a complaint BT filed with the League of Oregon Cities on Saturday, Bud sent her five direct messages that night, calling her a bully, saying she had no soul and saying, “I [expletive] Hate weak people Lacey. ,

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The Oregonian reported that Bud issued an apologetic tweet on Sunday before deleting his account.

Monday’s statement from LOC President Keith Mays said the board has “concluded that Mike Cooley can no longer lead the organization.” It also commended BT for bringing this issue to their attention.

Coolie had headed the LoC since 2017. Prior to this, he was executive director of the San Diego North Economic Development Council.

Beatty is the first term mayor of Beaverton, a Portland suburb of 98,000 people. She spent six years on the city council and was a lacrosse coach after serving in the Iraq War as an Army combat medicine and radiology specialist.

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