Also found was at least one email, written by Bennett to his staff, that directly attacks Ritz. “Below is a link to Glenda’s forum in Bloomington,” Bennett wrote on Aug. 28, 2012. “I would ask that people watch this and scrub it for every inaccuracy and utterance of stupidity that comes out of her mouth.” Bennett will have to prove that statement — most especially its cavalier “utterance of stupidity” comment — is not an attack on his political opponent and a direction to staff members to dig up dirt on her.
Bennett says the charges are all false, that he did nothing wrong. “I look forward to working with the Ethics Commission and the Inspector General’s office to demonstrate proper adherence to state rules and guidelines,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
The truth, we hope, will be determined at that Jan. 9 hearing and announced either that day or shortly thereafter — unless, as allowed by the ethics commission’s procedure, a negotiated settlement is reached and approved. The public would be better served, however, if the case against Bennett — and his defense — are played out in full public view. That would allow the public to know what grade Bennett deserves on this test.
— Tribune-Star, Terre Haute