Here's what happened. In her opening remarks, Bennett actually claimed that Dent had somehow caused the failure of two local banks. That's pretty serious if there is even an ounce of truth to it. There isn't. No local bank has failed, but 250 local business leaders sat with their mouths open as Bennett actually repeated her charge.
At a time when we are all jittery and there is a crisis of confidence in our financial institutions, Bennett's accusation was not just baseless, but totally irresponsible.
She is pouring gasoline on a raging fire in a desperate and pitiful attempt to grab votes.
Sadly, her modus operandi in this campaign is a web of deceit. Rather than presenting a reasonable, liberal alternative to Charlie Dent, Bennett has littered this campaign with fabrication after fabrication. She has claimed, falsely, that Dent has suddenly become rich in Congress while refusing to reveal her own financial affairs. She blamed Dent, falsely, for Mack Truck's sudden decision to relocate in North Carolina. She accused Charlie of refusing to debate her when she herself failed to appear at two separate forums. She maintains that Dent opposed a minimum wage increase even though he actually voted for three bills and is one of thirty Congressmen who insisted that Congress remain in session until that was accomplished. According to her, Charlie opposes veterans' benefits. That should be news to the VFW, which just endorsed him.
As if this barrage of lies is not enough, Bennett compounded things last night by constantly interrupting Dent with "That's not true." Over and over, as Congressman Dent tried to speak, she continued talking. She even had to stop the debate to retrieve a shoe that somehow fell off her foot - a wardrobe malfunction. I suppose that could have been worse.
Whatever credibility Bennett has left as a candidate was destroyed last night. It certainly makes you wonder what value she places in honesty.
Maybe her fingers are crossed.