Democrats in Ventura County have been wondering for weeks what Supervisor Steve Bennett is up to. He has been courted by some to run for Congress in the new, highly competitive 26th District, and has said since August that he hasn't ruled out the idea. It's now November, and the question is: Will he or won't he?
There was hint that he might be on the verge of saying yes earlier this week when the Patagonia public releations department on Wednesday afternoon sent a tantalizing email to Ventura County Star senior editor Jim Medina advising of a planned event at noon on Thursday at the company's Ventura headquarters.
"I wanted to let you know that tomorrow, Thurs Nov 11 (CQ), Supervisor Steve Bennett will be coming to the Patagonia campus at noon for an intimate gathering with the Patagonia employees - a chance to talk, and have a Q&A.
"I am writing to invite you to attend and listen in to what he has to say!
I am guessing it will be an event not to miss, and I am just inviting a few of the key local media to listen in."
Was this intended to be the platform for a congressional announcement? I asked Bennett, that afternoon, but he wouldn't say.
On Thursday morning, Patagonia spokesman Jess Clayton followed up with the following email to Medina:
"Sincere apologies - We have just found out that Steve has canceled the event for now due to a conflict.I will let you know when/if it is rescheduled."
So, the mystery continues. If he ultimately does announce, Bennett may have to answer some questions about his apparent lack of decisiveness. Is he just being prudent and analyzing all the factors before making an informed decision -- a quality that would serve someone well in Congress? Or is he being wishy-washy and indecisive -- qualities that have contributed to the do-nothing reputation of Congress?