Aspiring politician learns not to leave car running while knocking on doors…

Forrest Bennett

The dude with a head bigger than a log in that pile of adorable is Forrest Bennett. He is running for House District 92. It’s the district that has been gerrymandered to include parts of Bricktown, Midtown and S. OKC.

Over the weekend, Forrest was knocking on doors in south Oklahoma City when his 1995 Avalon was stolen. Why would someone steal an old Avalon? Because Ole Log Head left his car running.

Via KFOR:

Forrest Bennett is a teacher’s assistant at OU during the week and an Oklahoma House of Representatives candidate on the weekend.

“They tell you to expect the unexpected on the campaign trail, but this was a little bit beyond the pale,” said Bennett, first time candidate for House District 92.

Bennett was busy Saturday morning campaigning for House District 92 in the area of S.E. 22nd and Stonewall.

When he was knocking door-to-door, he turned around and realized his car was gone.

“Our conversation couldn’t have been more than a minute long, and I was right on the porch. I didn’t go in at all. When I turned around to walk back to my car, it was gone,” Bennett said.

Bennett said he left his car running, thinking it would just be a 30-second stop.

“It took a while to process. I mean, I really can’t describe it. It’s never happened to me before,” he said.

His white 1995 Toyota Avalon wasn’t an expensive car, but it had a lot of meaning to Bennett.

He left his car running in Southeast OKC? Boy, he really knows his district. With that type of decision making, he’s going to make one hell of an Oklahoma legislator! He’s definitely the person we need to help lead us out of the state budget crisis.

Forrest’s sad story was picked up by the media. Here was his statement:

In all honesty, Forrest really should have known better that to leave his car running in South Oklahoma City. Just check out his campaign motto:

Bennett Platform

Did you read that bottom part? He should probably move “safer streets” to the front.

To make this even more embarrassing for Forrest, his opponent has offered a reward for the car:

A $2,000.00 reward for information leading to the recovery of the stolen vehicle.

The reward is being offered by fellow democratic candidate Jess Eddy.

“I was greatly dismayed to hear that my democratic opponent, Forrest Bennett’s car was stolen recently. I would like to see his car returned so that he may continue to fully engage Democratic voters in our House District. I don’t want to have an advantage in this way. I appreciated Mr. Bennett’s compassionate words for the perpetrator of this crime, and I want to help in the effort recover his car. I know that Mr. Bennett would do the same for me. It is embedded in the Oklahoma Democratic spirit to have good will towards all and to help our fellow Oklahomans in times of need. Mr. Bennett and I are putting our careers on hold to pursue good for our community and our State, and I can appreciate that the loss of a car has a significant impact on his finances and daily life. A vehicle is for most of us one of our largest investments as I know it is for Mr. Bennett and myself. I can only hope that the reward is a large enough incentive for a member of our community to report information on this crime.”

First of all, instead of being an opportunist politician and offering a $2,000 reward for a car that’s currently being chopped up in an old garage along S. Shields, why doesn’t Jess Eddy just give Forrest some money to put down on a 2005 Avalon? Also, isn’t that kind of suspicious? I’m not Columbo or anything, but I’d say Jess Eddy is the prime suspect. It’s a great campaign tactic. 1. Steal opponent’s car while he or she is campaigning. 2. Offer reward to recover car. You look like a hero. Your opponent looks like a doofus.

Anyway, I hope Forrest gets his car back. I also hope he’s elected. He’s a good dude who I’ve known for years and fully endorse, plus he’ll need that job to afford a new car. God knows you can’t do it on an educator’s salary.