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