Bill Bennett, Pat Pimm, John Rustad Seek Re-Election For BC Liberals

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Screengrab of video posted on MLA Bill Bennett's personal website. Bennett and MLA's Pat Pimm and John Rustad have announced they will seek re-election. (Photo via billbennettmla.bc.ca) | Handout

A rebel member of the B.C. Liberal caucus is among three who will seek re-election in 2013.

Bill Bennett, the MLA for Kootenay East, has announced he'll be running again alongside Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm and Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad.

"I personally feel renewed under the leadership of the premier and I am very much looking forward to helping Christy Clark prove the pundits wrong by beating the NDP next spring," Bennett said in a B.C. Liberal news release.

Bennett is remembered for an outburst in 2010 when he stormed out of a caucus meeting and described a "battered wife syndrome" within the B.C. Liberal caucus while then-premier Gordon Campbell was in charge, the Tyee reported.

"I'm tired of the bullshit that goes on in politics and I'm really tired of the way Gordon Campbell thinks he can just run on people," Bennett said at the time. "He can run on me, I'm a tough guy, I can take it, but I've seen him do it to other people in our caucus."

Bennett was removed from the Liberal Party caucus following his remarks. He was reinstated after four months, the Cranbrook Daily Townsman reported.

Bennett has served in the provincial cabinet as minister of energy and as minister of tourism, culture and the arts.

Pimm resigned, was reinstated

Pimm has represented Peace River North since 2009.

Pimm resigned from the B.C. Liberal caucus in 2011 after spending a night in jail following a domestic dispute with his wife, the Globe and Mail reported.

He returned to caucus after police announced they would not be filing charges against him, the Vancouver Sun reported.

Rustad was first elected in 2005 to represent the riding of Prince George-Omineca, but the riding was later changed to Nechako Lakes.

The announcements come in the same week that Bill Barisoff, the Speaker of the B.C. Legislature, said he would not seek re-election.

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