The collaborative team of Inside Riverside mourns the passing of Riverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson and we send our best wishes and thoughts to the Mr. Wilson's family during their time of grief.
In related news, Republican State Senator John Benoit, Wilson's anointed successor will be commemorating that passing of Supervisor Roy Wilson by holding a fundraiser.
That's right dear readers, John Benoit, who hasn't even been tapped by Governor Schwarzenegger to fill Roy Wilson's position on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, has already put a fundraising event together for October 7th.
That all seems really, really fast doesn't it dear readers, given that Wilson only resigned from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors a week ago last Friday, August 21 and subsequently passed away this week on the evening of Wednesday, August 26?
It somewhat makes Senator John Benoit seem rather shameless and callow to schedule a fundraiser for an office he hasn't been appointed only a day after Roy Wilson died and before the man's funeral.
But don't despair dear readers, it turns out John Benoit is far more shameless and callow than even that!
Benoit scheduled the fundraiser before Wilson died!
On top of that Benoit has been pestering and strong arming State Legislators and local elected officials to lobby the Governor to appoint him to the Board of Supervisors.
It's hard to believe that this is the man that Roy Wilson wanted to succeed him on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Where Wilson demonstrated decency and thoughtfulness, John Benoit since getting the nod in Wilson's resignation letter has been nothing but a complete jackass, showing the world how classless he really is.
We doubt that Roy Wilson would have picked Benoit to replace him if he knew how tasteless and classless Benoit would behave in the process.
It kind of reminds us of the 1988 Vice Presidential debates between Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen and Republican Senator Dan Quayle when Quayle compared himself to President John F. Kennedy.
The people of Riverside County knew Roy Wilson.
Roy Wilson was a friend of theirs.
Senator Benoit, you are no Roy Wilson.
Frankly, Benoit comes off much more like that bumbling buffoon Dan Quayle in our honest assessment.
Yet, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione who has witnessed John Benoit's despicable behavior, still cajoled Supervisors Marion Ashley and Jeff Stone into supporting the appointment of Benoit to the Board. Even the often delusional Supervisor Bob Buster had good sense to question the need for his colleagues to so quickly and without real debate officially get behind the Benoit appointment.
As we wrote earlier this week there are many reasons for the Governor not to appoint John Benoit to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Topping the list of course is the $1 million cost to the people of Riverside County should they need to fill a vacancy left in the State Senate by the appointment of John Benoit.
Where's the $1 million for that special election going to come from? Cutting Sheriff's patrols? Furloughing nurses at the County Regional Medical Center? Out of Bill Luna's bloated salary?
But now we've all glimpsed the lack of character and decency in Benoit. No one in good conscience could really want him on the Board of Supervisors the way he's behaving both before and after Supervisor Wilson's death.
Riverside County can do better than the likes of John Benoit, dear readers. Much, much better.