To voters, Doug Bennett has been as the guy knocking on their doors for the last year and a half touting his City Council At-Large bid and putting his stickers everywhere. To reporters, he's been the guy abruptly stopping interviews.
Witness this Wednesday Globe story after a reporter saw him run a red light and the Globe asked him about it: "I always try to follow traffic laws," Bennett said before ending the interview. "I don't know what you're talking about, but it's important that all motorists follow the drivers' laws."
That's not the first time that's happened, either: Asked by the Dorchester Reporter in May about a tiff over nomination signatures with fellow At-Large candidate Bill Trabucco, Bennett said, "I don't know anything about it. Hey listen, I have to go," and hung up.
He also hung up on the Reporter's news editor earlier this year when he was asked about his campaign stickers.
Having pressed Bennett in the past on his City Council signage and other matters, we've been met with similar treatment.
And according to the Boston Phoenix's David Bernstein, Bennett got "snippy and unresponsive" with him when Bennett was recently asked about what was up with his campaign expenditures.
Bennett has not returned a voicemail message asking about this odd trend of non-responsiveness.
Perhaps he's busy continuing to knock on doors: via press release, he says he hit 100,000 doors. He said his goal was to knock on that many doors by Nov. 3, the day of the general election, and told the Globe he'll keep knocking if elected.
He did move the goalpost a bit: In a July 2008 press release, he said he would hit 100,000 doors by the September 2009 preliminary. (A Sept. 14, 2009 press release announced Bennett had hit 80,000.) Later press releases said he would do it by Nov. 3.
But hey, who's counting? We just want some answers on the other stuff.