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November 30, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Brian Bennett grew up in a three-bedroom house with seven brothers and sisters on a fading stretch of West Florence Avenue in South-Central Los Angeles. By the time he was 22, he was paying his rent in a fashionable apartment complex off Wilshire Boulevard with $100 bills and doing business from Detroit to Denmark, where, according to federal investigators, he once ran up an $11,000 hotel bill in four days.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1997
Re your story on Brian Bennett, May 8: It's so refreshing to see an honest, unbiased story of a man, his sexuality and struggle, both socially and professionally. Particularly when this man is a highly respected Republican figure in our community. It's unfortunate that even after 12 years of loyal service, Robert Dornan can't support Bennett's decision to publicly "come out." Rather than criticize Bennett, perhaps Dornan should reflect on some words from the Gipper: "Life--and the preservation of freedom to live it in dignity--is what we are on this Earth to do."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1997
Re your story on Brian Bennett, May 8: It's so refreshing to see an honest, unbiased story of a man, his sexuality and struggle, both socially and professionally. Particularly when this man is a highly respected Republican figure in our community. It's unfortunate that even after 12 years of loyal service, Robert Dornan can't support Bennett's decision to publicly "come out." Rather than criticize Bennett, perhaps Dornan should reflect on some words from the Gipper: "Life--and the preservation of freedom to live it in dignity--is what we are on this Earth to do."
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May 9, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One day after publicly acknowledging he was gay, Brian Bennett was deluged with calls Thursday reacting to the news, from newspapers, radio stations and television programs, to well-wishers inside and outside the gay community. The former chief of staff to former Rep. Robert K. Dornan was even invited to appear live on NBC's "Today" show this morning , but he declined, saying he was still struggling with all the attention.
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May 9, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One day after publicly acknowledging he was gay, Brian Bennett was deluged with calls Thursday reacting to the news, from newspapers, radio stations and television programs, to well-wishers inside and outside the gay community. The former chief of staff to former Rep. Robert K. Dornan was even invited to appear live on NBC's "Today" show this morning , but he declined, saying he was still struggling with all the attention.
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May 8, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Brian O'Leary Bennett served dutifully for 12 years as an aide to U.S. Rep. Robert K. Dornan, one of the most strident voices in the country against homosexual rights. While Dornan angrily condemned homosexuals as sodomites and pedophiles, Bennett until 1989 was a loyal confidant and eventually chief of staff to his boss, whom he admired for his conservative views, opposition to abortion and strong Catholic faith. All the while, though, he agonized over his own feelings that he might be gay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1992 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Brian O'Leary Bennett, a longtime aide to Garden Grove Congressman Robert K. Dornan, unfurled a list of big-name Republican supporters Monday as he became the first candidate to enter an upcoming special election for an open state Senate seat in central Orange County. Gov. Pete Wilson is expected to call the special election for next spring in order to fill the seat now held by state Sen. Edward R. Royce (R-Anaheim), who was elected last month to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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May 8, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Brian O'Leary Bennett served dutifully for 12 years as an aide to Rep. Robert K. Dornan, one of the most strident voices in the country against homosexual rights. While the Garden Grove congressman angrily condemned homosexuals as sodomites and pedophiles, Bennett until 1989 was a loyal confidant and eventually chief of staff to his boss, whom he admired for his conservative views, opposition to abortion and strong Catholic faith.
NEWS
December 17, 1991 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
On their national scoreboard for maintaining control of Congress, Democrats in Washington on Monday moved Orange County's proposed 46th district from the "leaning Republican" column to "tossup." Strategists and officeholders from both major parties were forced to rethink plans for next year's Orange County elections Monday after Rep. Robert K. Dornan's (R-Garden Grove) surprise announcement that he plans to abandon his central Orange County district and run next June for a seat on the coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1987 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
The Irvine City Council decided Tuesday to launch an inquiry to determine whether mailings in a critical City Council election last summer, paid for by U.S. Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) and state Assemblyman Gil Ferguson (R-Newport Beach), violated state elections laws.
NEWS
May 9, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the first calls Brian O'Leary Bennett, former chief of staff for ex-Rep. Robert K. Dornan, received Thursday on the morning after he publicly acknowledged he was gay came from John Bryson, chief executive officer of Edison International. Bryson congratulated Bennett, an executive at Southern California Edison, for his courage in telling his story to The Times. Bennett also was deluged with calls from radio and television stations and newspapers across the country.
NEWS
May 8, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Brian O'Leary Bennett served dutifully for 12 years as an aide to Rep. Robert K. Dornan, one of the most strident voices in the country against homosexual rights. While the Garden Grove congressman angrily condemned homosexuals as sodomites and pedophiles, Bennett until 1989 was a loyal confidant and eventually chief of staff to his boss, whom he admired for his conservative views, opposition to abortion and strong Catholic faith.
NEWS
May 8, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Brian O'Leary Bennett served dutifully for 12 years as an aide to U.S. Rep. Robert K. Dornan, one of the most strident voices in the country against homosexual rights. While Dornan angrily condemned homosexuals as sodomites and pedophiles, Bennett until 1989 was a loyal confidant and eventually chief of staff to his boss, whom he admired for his conservative views, opposition to abortion and strong Catholic faith. All the while, though, he agonized over his own feelings that he might be gay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1993 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Brian O. Bennett, a former congressional aide who had gained the support of several major Republican leaders in his bid for a state Senate seat in an upcoming special election, said Wednesday that he is dropping out of the race in order to unify conservatives behind a wealthy Garden Grove businessman. The announcement leaves Robert Hurtt, one of the state's largest Republican contributors, as the only prominent candidate in a race with a diminishing field of viable rivals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1992 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Brian O'Leary Bennett, a longtime aide to Garden Grove Congressman Robert K. Dornan, unfurled a list of big-name Republican supporters Monday as he became the first candidate to enter an upcoming special election for an open state Senate seat in central Orange County. Gov. Pete Wilson is expected to call the special election for next spring in order to fill the seat now held by state Sen. Edward R. Royce (R-Anaheim), who was elected last month to the U.S. House of Representatives.
NEWS
December 17, 1991 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
On their national scoreboard for maintaining control of Congress, Democrats in Washington on Monday moved Orange County's proposed 46th district from the "leaning Republican" column to "tossup." Strategists and officeholders from both major parties were forced to rethink plans for next year's Orange County elections Monday after Rep. Robert K. Dornan's (R-Garden Grove) surprise announcement that he plans to abandon his central Orange County district and run next June for a seat on the coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1993 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Brian O. Bennett, a former congressional aide who had gained the support of several major Republican leaders in his bid for a state Senate seat in an upcoming special election, said Wednesday that he is dropping out of the race in order to unify conservatives behind a wealthy Garden Grove businessman. The announcement leaves Robert Hurtt, one of the state's largest Republican contributors, as the only prominent candidate in a race with a diminishing field of viable rivals.
NEWS
May 9, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the first calls Brian O'Leary Bennett, former chief of staff for ex-Rep. Robert K. Dornan, received Thursday on the morning after he publicly acknowledged he was gay came from John Bryson, chief executive officer of Edison International. Bryson congratulated Bennett, an executive at Southern California Edison, for his courage in telling his story to The Times. Bennett also was deluged with calls from radio and television stations and newspapers across the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1990 | BRIAN O'LEARY BENNETT, Brian O'Leary Bennett was formerly chief of staff to Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove)
Relatives by the scores, bearing welcome signs and American flags, were teary-eyed with anticipation Jan.13 at gate 70B at LAX. The first South Vietnamese political prisoners to be released under a Washington-Hanoi agreement had arrived, and many were heading for Orange County. Know this first and think what it might mean if it were you: Unlike immigrants, refugees are driven from their homes, families, jobs, culture and country.
NEWS
November 30, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Brian Bennett grew up in a three-bedroom house with seven brothers and sisters on a fading stretch of West Florence Avenue in South-Central Los Angeles. By the time he was 22, he was paying his rent in a fashionable apartment complex off Wilshire Boulevard with $100 bills and doing business from Detroit to Denmark, where, according to federal investigators, he once ran up an $11,000 hotel bill in four days.
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