EXCLUSIVE! Governor Will Appoint John Benoit to Board of Supervisors
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to appoint State Senator John Benoit to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
Sources in the Schwarzenegger Administration have confirmed that the appointment of John Benoit as the replacement of Roy Wilson to the Board of Supervisors is imminent.
Apparently a deal has been cut between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Republican Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (the Senate Minority Leader) that has cleared the way for Benoit's appointment despite the controversy surrounding the legitimacy of Roy Wilson's resignation letter.
What the deal that Dennis Hollingsworth cut with the Governor's office is exactly is unclear, although we believe it involves Hollingsworth lining up enough Republican votes in the State Senate to enact the Governor's prison early release program.
Senator Dennis Hollingsworth had silently supported Governor Schwarzenegger's efforts to cut the State Budget by over $1 billion by letting about 30,000 convicted felons out of state prison before they have served their full sentences.
Hollingsworth only came out against the prisoner release plan after the media began reporting that law enforcement groups were strongly opposed to the plan.
John Benoit's appointment will cost taxpayers close to $5 million for the special election to fill his vacant Senate Seat.
But that appears to be part of the plan. Benoit will support his protege Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande for the position he is leaving.
If elected to the Senate, it is fair to assume that Nestande will then have to pay back Benoit, Hollingsworth, and the Governor by voting to release 30,000 criminals from California's prisons.
And to think dear readers John Benoit, Brian Nestande, and Dennis Hollingsworth all portray themselves as conservative Republicans. But we guess that explains why the California Republican Party is on the endangered species list. It's not because of politicians like Mike Duvall. Well maybe Hollingsworth is, but we've already written about Dennis Hollingsworth's family values hypocrisy.
If the Republicans meeting in Indian Wells this weekend ever stop to wonder why their party is the permanent minority in California, they need look no further than the Riverside County delegation.
It's because of hypocrites like Dennis Hollingsworth, John Benoit, and Brian Nestande who seem to be willing to waste $5 million on an unnecessary special election and let 30,000 dangerous criminals out of prison that no one believes that Republicans stand for anything.
They campaign on one thing, do another, then blame the Democrats for the sorry condition of things. It's why Republicans lost the Congress in 2006. And it's a big reason why they lost the White House in 2008.
It's a shame. But that's what happens when the voters elected people interested only in furthering their own interests are elected to office instead of real leaders.