Lil' Bully Ben

Two of the most influential citizens groups in the city have taken City Councilman “little Bully” Ben Davenport to task for rudeness in attacking two citizens over his displeasure at their comments about transportation, telling one citizen she was a ‘liar’ and the other to ‘shut up’ at council meetings. 

Both the Tidewater Libertarian Party (TLP)  and the Virginia Beach Tea Party  passed resolutions of censure. 

Click here to read the TLP’s  resolution which states: 

“Whereas Councilman Davenport’s demeanor has b been rude, crude, ruthless, out of control, and out of character for one of his position …” in dealing with and addressing citizens; 

The TLP, …”votes to go on record censuring Councilman Davenport for his ill-tempered public behavior and unbecoming attacks on citizens…instead of accepting or acknowledging the public’s right to opinions different from elected officials…”.

 On one occasion at Frank W.  Cox High School, Dianna Howard, one of the city's most experience activists and a member of both the TLP and the Tea Party, during a special formal council session on April 21 asked Davenport why bus service isn’t being expanded to serve the city's transportation needs. 

Davenport responded that there’s no demand for expanded bus service, she told VNS. She then asked him if there’s no demand now, ‘why will there be demand for it later?’ 

Beatrice (Petey) Browder was standing behind Howard ‘when i hear Ben Davenport call Dianna a liar.’  At that point Browder whips out her telephone and starts recording the conversation. 

And when pressed by Howard, Davenport says, “Well it’s (hesitation) now that I know the way you are, I’m not going to say anything in front of you.”  He then stammers, “it was a mis-statement that I wasn’t (uh) well I uh , I …" 

Howard asked, “What do you think you said?” 

Davenport replied, “I don’t even recall and I have a lot of conversations, but I can tell you that’s not what we talked about. 

Browder interjected, “Well answer the question now.” 

Davenport looked at Browder and responded, “Petey, go to hell, you, you…” and walked away. 

On another occasion at Salem Middle School town hall, Davenport seemed confused and started talking about rain and ‘blazing’ sun and bus shelters instead of transportation needs. 

Davenport did not respond to request for comments.