Erick Bennett, a Republican consultant and primary challenger for the Senate seat currently held by Susan Collins (R-ME) has shrugged off any questions about possible negative effects on his campaign saying that his conviction in 2004 on domestic abuse charges for assaulting his then wife, Angela Bennett, saying that it shows he has “integrity” and “principles.”
This police report filed by his ex-wife certainly does not back up that bizarre claim.
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His conviction came after his wife filed a report with the Bangor, Maine police department on February 4, 2004, about three weeks after the January 15 incident in which she said that Bennett had assaulted her several times on the evening in question while telling her that she was irrational and no one liked her. He did all of this, she said in front of their children and another couple who were visiting them in the motel room where there were staying following a fire in their home.
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About a week after the incident Angela took their children and went to her parents home. Two weeks later as she wrote in the police report, “I finally [felt] strong enough to press charges against him.”
After a one day trial in early May a judge found Bennett guilty of domestic assault and sentenced him to 60 days in jail, which he waived placing him on a year’s probation and ordering him to complete a batterer’s intervention program.
Bennett claims that Angela made false charges and that the law in Maine is allows a woman to make false allegations and then prevents the husband’s defense attorney from thoroughly questioning her to prove his innocence.
In brushing off his criminal conviction as a factor in the election, he said, “The fact that I have been jailed repeatedly for not agreeing to admit to something I didn’t do should speak to the fact of how much guts and integrity I have,” he told the Bangor Daily News in December. Him and every other prisoner in every prison and jail in the country, they all have “guts and integrity” because none of them are guilty of the crime they were convicted of.
Domestic violence is not the only skeleton in Bennett’s closet, he has drawn attention for some outrageous statements that he has made on his Facebook page which have drawn criticism from even his friends.
He posted this derogatory comment about Democrat Mike Michaud who represents the second district in Congress with this posting on Facebook which drew criticism from one of his friends.
He has also made inflammatory comments about Nelson Mandela comparing him to Josef Stalin.
Of course he couldn’t leave President Obama out while he was posting disparaging statements with no basis in fact.
When these posts were shown to Maine Republican Chairman, Rick Bennett he could not distance himself from the aspiring candidate fast enough.
“I’m happy to have a chance to discuss this because the similarities of our names have led some people say, ‘Is this guy related to you?’” Rick Bennett assures. “I can say categorically he’s not related to me in any way, by family or viewpoint. I find those comments personally reprehensible, and I’ve heard people from across the political spectrum in Maine who share their abhorrence with those views. … They do not represent the views of the Republican Party.”
He went on to say that he would be surprised if Erick Bennett could collect enough signatures to get onto the ballot adding that the ““more people understand about his viewpoints and his character issues,” the harder the job would become.
If you would like to see more of Bennett’s attitudes and ideas, his Facebook page is viewable to the public, at least for now, and you can click here to see it.
h/t: Freak Out Nation