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Maine Senate candidate thinks domestic violence conviction is a reason to vote for him.

Normally, you would expect a domestic violence conviction to be the kind of thing that a politician would want to sweep under the rug or just not talk about.  But then you haven't met Tea Party candidate Erick Bennett, who is currently challenging Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) from the right because of course he is:

"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 exclaimed to the press, trying to convince them that his lying ex-wife set him up for reasons unknown. "If I go to D.C., I’m going to have that same integrity in doing what I say, and saying what I do, when it comes to protecting people’s rights, as well as their pocketbooks."

Bennett's right that he doesn't back down: He made an impressive show of drawing out everyone's misery by battling his conviction in court until the Maine Supreme Judicial Court shut him down in 2004, denying his claim that the court treated him unfairly. Bennett has also insinuated the Collins is a supporter of laws that supposedly railroad innocent men, though he's dodgy about what laws he's referring to.

Oh, we know exactly what laws Bennett is referring to: probably the Violence Against Women Act.  We've heard Republicans be against VAWA for dodgy reasons (or no reason at all), but I'm not sure we've ever heard a Teabagger come out against VAWA because he actually supports beating women.  Given the insanity of the conservative base, however, this pro-domestic violence stance seems likely to help Mr. Bennett in his quest to give Democrats a free Senate pickup.

And, if that isn't embarrassing enough... well, click the article to see a selfie Mr. Bennett took of him showing off his "abdominals."  It's not pretty.  Maine Republicans may be nominating a guy who's a bizarre hybrid of Todd Akin and The Situation.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 10:35:41 AM PST

  •  Not a snowball's chance in Hell (5+ / 0-)

    Bennett hasn't even got a snowball's chance in Hell of taking out Collins in Maine's Republican primary.  I have no insights into what he is seeking in his campaign, but I am as sure as I reasonably can be the goal isn't a seat in the U. S. Senate, but something far less lofty, like a statewide vanity project perhaps leading to a state legislative office.  

  •  I'd almost want him (3+ / 0-)

    to oust Collins in the primary but for the chance he might actually win election to the Senate. And they've already got one insane evil douchebag in statewide office in Maine. (Hi, Paul!)

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 11:21:54 AM PST

  •  Ugh...that selfie (2+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, TDDVandy

    And without the selfie I might have given him some credit for, to paraphrase his statement, refusing to admit to a crime he hadn't committed. After all, it's not as though innocent people are never convicted of crimes. That picture however, if it does anything, really undercuts his claim to have been a victim of the justice system. In fact the picture makes him look not only capable of but actually inclined to perpetrate domestic violence. There's belligerence written all over his face.

  •  Vote for me - 'cause I'm in denial! (3+ / 0-)

    Bennett actually does hold common ground with a large chunk of the radical right - he's capable of holding his denial in his mind strongly despite overwhelming contradictory evidence.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 11:25:08 AM PST

  •  He tried to get elected mayor of Portland in 2011 (3+ / 0-)

    He didn't have 300 signatures required to get on the ballot, so he ran as a write-in candidate, with this result:

    Bennett Gets 17 Write-In Votes for Mayor: Claims cover-up by City election officials.

    Republican Erick Bennett, the only official write-in candidate in Portland's recent mayoral election, received 17 of the 81 write-in votes cast in the election, according to Elections Administrator Bud Philbrick. Bennett was one of the early announced candidates in the race, but failed to come up with enough petition signatures to get his name on the ballot.

    Bennett is claiming that City election officials are not counting thousands of votes that were cast for him.

    "They are denying your vote from counting," Bennett told his supporters on his Facebook page. "The reason they are doing this is because we crushed everybody else and they are trying to cover it up."

    Bennett was the 'social networking strategist' for the election campaign of Governor Paul LePage. During his mayoral campaign, he said he would be Portland's first 'social media' mayor.

    In the comments to the OP's linked article, I read that it takes 2000 signatures to get on the ballot for statewide office in Maine, so I'm guessing the good people of that state are probably safe.

    Then again, they did elect Paul "Little Beards" LePage as Governor, so what do I know?

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 11:25:13 AM PST

  •  real credible kinda guy (3+ / 0-)
    Bennett also defended his claim that he had been a staffer for LePage’s 2010 campaign, saying he worked for the governor for about a year. He has previously said he worked on the governor’s digital team.

    “I was compensated for this, and there was a typo in the report, and my name was filed under something else, instead of my accurate name. I can’t remember what it was,” he said.

    Jason Savage, now executive director of the Maine Republican Party, ran LePage’s digital team in 2010. He said he recalled Bennett voicing his support for LePage from his own Facebook account, but said he never worked as a staffer.

    anything you say, man
  •  He'll get the he man woman haters vote (1+ / 0-)
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    leftist vegetarian patriot

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:12:54 PM PST

  •  "Fathers United for Equal Justice" (2+ / 0-)

    was the NH organization made up of deadbeat dads refusing to pay child support, claiming the judges were all 100% biased against all men, and denying that domestic violence ever occurred, or if it did, it was women doing it, and besides she asked for it by glancing at another man, or insisting on going out and getting a job -- actually had a client whose abusive hubby told that to the judge, who was not amused and slapped a restraining order on him. See, the courts are totally biased against men!

    I hope the good people of the State of Maine have enough sense not to buy into this. But there's probably a couple hundred disgruntled ex-husbands who would vote for him because "he understands people like me."

  •  I'm confused—isn't he saying "vote for (0+ / 0-)

    me because I didn't admit to something I didn't do!" not "vote for me because I'm an abuser"?  I mean, either way he sucks, I'm just trying to figure out what's going on.  

  •  So is there such a thing as (0+ / 0-)

    "Too crazy even for the GOP" any more?

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 05:23:55 PM PST

  •  he WAS convicted in 2003 class D assault (1+ / 0-)
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    leftist vegetarian patriot

    appealed and lost the appeal, too

    domestic violence convict ...

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