Campy Ken Bennett: Making all the wrong moves

Term limited Secretary of State Ken Bennett is one of the pack of six running in the Republican primary for governor. He’s generally regarded as a low-key guy better known for strumming his guitar and making budget presentations using Kleenex boxes, than for the time he served in the state senate from 1998 – 2007.

He also gained attention for incidents surrounding verification of Obama’s birth certificate. Not nearly as much for the inquiry itself as for his inane follow-up apology as reported here on KTAR News.

Now, as if he isn’t busy enough running a statewide campaign financed by public money, he has jumped on the McBandwagon against Arizona’s conservative Attorney General Tom Horne, declaring the state should launch a probe into whether Horne violated state election laws —- allegations denied by Horne.

In another bizarre move earlier this year, seemingly calculated to lose conservative voters, Bennett had this to say about SB 1062 —- the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which strengthened protections in Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination. Bennett described the bill as “an unnecessary….divisive measure.” The bill was disappointingly vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer after she caved to pressure from the homosexual lobby.

Even more curious is his odd invitation to supporters to “Join the Ken Bennett Camp.”

The word association is not the best for Bennett, whose camp counselor son was sentenced to jail time for sodomizing (the press called the brutal acts “brooming”) 18 middle school age campers with broomsticks, a flashlight and a cane. This is the report from the Arizona Daily Sun. This article details the civil lawsuits filed by the families of the young campers, who claim Bennett’s son got a sweetheart deal because of his father’s prominence.

“Camp” is a word Bennett should steer clear of. Ditto the governor’s race, which he is unlikely to win.

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7 Responses to Campy Ken Bennett: Making all the wrong moves

  1. Maggie says:

    Ken Bennett is running because the public trough is his way of life and he’s term limited in the SOS’s office. It makes me furious that he has received $750,000 of my money and yours to campaign for governor. This is just for the primary! An even bigger chunk of our money will be available to fund his general election campaign, if he were to get that far.

    • Frankly Speaking says:

      “Clean Elections” won at the polls because low information voters thought the opposite of clean was “dirty.” The not very clean group with the squeaky clean name still runs costly ads promoting itself.

  2. Attila The Hunny says:

    Giving no pass to Bennett’s son, though at least he did his time. But it hasn’t escaped notice that the Arizona Republic is all too happy to cop a plea for the flaky “Flake Boys.” Last year, Jeff Flake apologized on behalf of Tanner, his bigoted son, and his vicious online rants. That was the end of it, without a word from his son who used the online name “Ni**er Killer.”
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/arizona-senators-son-used-homophobic-anti-semetic-language-o

    Recently another Flake son, Austin, and his wife were at the center of a sheriff’s raid in the deaths and subsequent attempted cover-up of 20 dogs in their care at a home-based kennel. Those dogs were kept in a 10×10 foot room at night. The Republic has basically gone mute on Jeff’s Jerks, though even the international press reported on the tragic heat related deaths and lies told to the dog’s owners. A real family values guy, Austin and his wife left town soon after the dead dogs were discovered heaped up in a shed. They even continued to accept new animals!
    http://guardianlv.com/2014/06/arizona-senators-son-austin-flake-linked-to-death-of-20-dogs-video/

  3. azgary says:

    there are only a couple (R) Gubernatorial candidates even halfway worth voting for and bennet is not one of them. no way in hell I will vote for a McCa(I)nnidate in the general election, even if it means a democrat becomes governor. we are better off with the gridlock that comes from a republican legislature and a democrat executive than a faux republican governor who uses the democrats and the democrats with(R) by their name to push the democrat/lobbyist agenda.

    better a known enemy than a backstabber.
    as an example of backstabbing:
    GOP Establisment: Congress Should Give Obama ‘Blank Check’ to Address Border Crisis
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/12/GOP-DC-Hacks-Tell-Huffington-Post-Republicans-Should-Give-Obama-Blank-Check-for-Border-Crisis

  4. LEO IN TSN says:

    A great read, SRA, thanks for the link to KTAR’s reporting on McBennett’s “whine du jour.”

    Lest we forget, in 2012, Sec’y of State Bennett was charged by the citizenry with vetting the potential candidates for the AZ ballot. He sent a letter to officials in Hawaii requesting (birth) documents for Obamao that would prove his citizenship. He didn’t get any documents.

    What he got was a letter from some assistant attorney general saying “oh yes, we’ve got the doc’s. Barak’s OK.” Bennett jumped back, threw up his hands and declared “That’s good enuff for me!” The End.

    Some could have described it as folding like a cheap suit.

    Some could say he just re-shaped obamao & pushed him through. Now he wants to come in to re-shape Common Core and ride with it also. Seems like he’s good at goin’ along to get along. AZ deserves better.

    Oh gosh, but I didn’t know he was forced into doing his job by those nasty AZ “birthers” which he declared he is definitely not one of. He sure wasn’t going to do it on his own. Well, he didn’t do his job, he made a mockery of it. He didn’t care which obamao he was putting on the AZ ballot.

    And now he can’t decide which Common Core he really supports and wants to pretty up. Gosh so many decisions for a McRINO – what does the McGOP want him to do?? Beware the low information voter and open primaries.

    God bless America.

  5. Borderhawk says:

    Bennett’s comments on immigration at the Hispanic Chamber were actually worse than Ducey and Jones.

    All 3 of them are terrible but you’d think Bennett being involved with voter fraud investigations with Kris Kobach, he might try to learn something from Kobach.

    • Sgt. Preston says:

      Kris Kobach, Joe Arpaio and Russell Pearce headlined a fundraiser for Attorney General Tom Horne. A stellar conservative lineup.
      Bronovich could probably get off the wall liberal Janet Napolitano to fly in, since she appointed his wife to a judgeship.