California State Senator John Benoit's appointment to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has been delayed.
As you know dear readers, we previously reported that "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."
That report is now one month old and John Benoit has not been been appointed to the Board of Supervisors.
Some of you are saying that we were duped into breaking this story. Others allege that we wrote a story that the facts didn't support. Sorry Charlie, but that's not the case.
There are three major reasons why Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has not yet made the appointment.
1. John Benoit's appointment was delayed because of Inside Riverside's reporting to his pending appointment. Governor Schwarzenegger hates having his decisions leaked early. Rumor has it that he became angry with Benoit for allowing word to get out that he was getting Roy Wilson's old job.
Back in 2007 Schwarzenegger almost reneged on his appointment of Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle to the Parole Board after Doyle told the media he had the appointment. Lobbying of the Governor by those who wanted the Royal Doyle out of Riverside County helped keep the appointment on track.
The funny part about all this though is that we did not receive our information on the appointment from John Benoit. Our information came directly out of the Governor's office. Our sources got the intel from Susan Kennedy (Governor Schwarzenegger's Chief of Staff) and John Cruz (Governor Schwarzenegger's Appointment's Secretary).
If the Governor wants to be angry with anyone for loose lips, he should be directing his indignation at members of his own staff.
2. John Benoit needs to cast a vote for Schwarzenegger supported legislation in the Legislature's current Special Session. Benoit was unable to come home for his fundraiser two weeks back because the Governor called the State's do-nothing Legislature back into session to deal with California's water crisis.
John Benoit's vote will likely be required for some legislation. There is the possibility that Benoit will be asked for a water bill that is not good for Riverside County. It's also possible that he'll be asked to break with his the out-of-touch Republican Party and back a Democratic bill. We will keep a close eye on this and let you know how it all unfolds of course.
3. The controversy over the validity of Roy Wilson's signature on the resignation letter has delayed John Benoit's appointment. While our story about the distinct possibility that Roy Wilson's resignation letter may have been forged has been ignored by the mainstream media like the Desert Sun and the Press-Enterprise, some people are taking it seriously.
A source has told us that a criminal complaint has been filed in this matter. Neither the Riverside County District Attorney's office nor the State Attorney General's office will confirm if there is an investigation or not.
However, since we understand that a complaint has been filed, it is reasonable to assume that the Governor has received word of this and is waiting to see the outcome of any investigation that may be happening.
So there you have it dear readers, three very strong reasons why John Benoit's appointment to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has been delayed. Now that we're explaining the delay the Governor will probably make the appointment just to show he wasn't dallying.
That's fine Governor. We know you like John Benoit don't stand for anything but your own ego and career.