Health Board Member blames Twitter hack for obscene rant

Dr. Heidi Beidinger, St. Joseph County Board of Health Member — Photo: Notre Dame

GRANGER, Ind. — St. Joseph County Board of Health Member Heidi Beidinger is blaming a recent obscene social media rant on a Twitter hack. The former Board President and failed State Representative candidate is making the false claim despite several factors that prove otherwise.

Last week, REAL News Michiana published a story regarding Beidinger’s profane and politically charged post in which she shared a meme saying “Vote Every F*cking Republican Out.” The story outlines a history of other posts in which Beidinger uses similar politically charged language without the profanity.

“It has come to my attention my Twitter account has been hacked.” Beidinger posted on Facebook in response to the RNM story. “I have to pause on Twitter until this is sorted out. In the meantime, I have removed the tweet.”

Beidinger posted a similar statement on her Twitter feed. However, Beidinger was then slammed online by folks who pointed out that she had also “liked” the meme on another account.

“Forgot to remove your like of the original tweet where you took the graphic.” One person stated with the following screenshot.

“Well you know those hackers like to make it look really legit with their “likes” but only sometimes… Somehow we are supposed to believe that.” Another person responded.

Others also pointed to the story of a Penn High School band coach who had also lied when claiming his Twitter was hacked after an RNM story pointed out his feed that was full of naked men and other sexual content.

This is not the first time Beidinger has made inflammatory comments. At a recent St Joseph County Health Board meeting, Beidinger retracted statements calling County Councilwoman Amy Drake a liar after the board lawyer told her she was breaking decorum rules.

Beidinger, who lost her campaign in November against current Republican state representative Dale DeVon, also lost her seat as president of the St. Joseph County Health Board at the beginning of 2023. Beidinger ran unapologetically on gun control and abortion. While Beidinger has remained generally quiet on Twitter since her losses, she picked up steam again at the end of March going after Republicans about public health and the party’s work to put an end to child genital mutilation.

March 27: “We must organize and work together. We must remove MAGA GOP from office. Period.”

April 5: “Indiana is poised to make history with a significant public investment. It’s not a done deal though. We have MAGA St. Joseph county officials who want to stop it and turn away OUR taxpayer dollars. Show up at their meetings and be heard.” (Beidinger is referring to Governor Eric Holcomb’s public health bureaucracy expansion, that would increase funding for local health departments from $7 million to $150 million annually.)

April 5: On the recent Indiana law to ban the mutilation of children via sex change operations and treatment: “This is monstrous on so many levels. Gosh, I wonder how Dale Devon (sic) voted since he is so supportive of Hoosier children?” (DeVon voted yes.)

April 11: More on Indiana’s law to ban child gender transition: “It’s so horrible!” We must vote the MAGA GOP out! Organize and vote!”

After Beidinger’s recent defeats and the exit of St. Joseph County Health Officer Doctor Robert Einterz, who she was instrumental in bringing on board, Beidinger is now lashing out politically. She worked to get negative media attention against the bi-partisan selection of St. Joseph County’s newest health officer, Dr. Joe Cerbin, a well-respected community doctor. Beidinger was the only member of the health board to vote against Cerbin. Her complaint was that he would not serve full time or be permanent. Dr Einterz was also contracted part-time with the county at 30 hours per week and also left his four-year term early. 

Einterz, like Beidinger, similarly did not hide his dislike of Republicans. The South Bend Tribune led with the headline “Einterz calls on voters to counter the politicization of public health by Republicans.” Einterz blamed a local Republican majority hostile to his wishes when announcing his resignation. Einterz blamed Republicans for limiting his ability to go after grants. When, in fact, they only told him he needed to run grants through the health board prior to presenting them to the council and commissioners, per state statute. Einterz bypassed the board for grants and hiring matters throughout his term, even though that is against state law. 

Beidinger, who served as health board president for three years, said at a January meeting: “We have not adhered to the Indiana code for years…”

Beidinger, a South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg appointment, continues to hold a Democrat seat on the board. She is also an associate professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health.

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