Erick Bennett

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Erick Bennett
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Maine
PartyIndependent
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Erick Bennett is a 2014 Independent candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Maine.[1][2] Bennett announced he would run as an Independent candidate on March 17, 2014.[3]

Issues

Controversy

Time in jail

In January 2014, Bennett insisted that his time spent in jail, the result of a domestic violence assault conviction a decade prior, showed integrity.[4]

In 2003, Bennett was convicted of Class D assault after attacking his wife.[4] He fought the conviction until 2004, when it was affirmed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled that “the court did not commit clear error or abuse its discretion in excluding irrelevant evidence at trial,” and that “sufficient evidence does exist in the record to support his conviction.”[4] Bennett claims he is innocent and said the justice system is stacked against alleged attackers in domestic violence cases.[4]

“All that needs to be done is you have to repeat what you wrote down in the police report and that allows the victim to be viewed as a credible witness. So basically, if someone writes something down, it doesn’t have to be true. All they have to do is repeat that on the stand. … That’s grounds for anyone to be convicted of domestic violence...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. 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."[4]

Comment about Rep. Michaud

Bennett drew attention in December 2013 when he called Rep. Mike Michaud a “homo” on a Facebook post.[5]

He posted on Facebook that gun confiscation could “easily happen” in Maine thanks to the state’s elected representatives. He then went on to call Michaud “a closet homo in DC who voted to discriminate against same sex couples.”[5]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014

Bennett is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine.[1] Bennett is running as an Independent candidate. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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