The Press-Enterprise is reporting that Republican State Senator John Benoit is linked to indicted developer Steve Holgate.
According to Senator (soon to be County Supervisor) John Benoit, Steve Holgate is also a retired CHP officer who has been a political ally of Benoit's for several years.
The Press-Enterprise reports that John Benoit received at least three contributions in his 2008 Senate primary campaign against fellow conservative Republican Russ Bogh from individuals or businesses that also gave money to Jim Ayres in 2006, but were illegally reimbursed by Holgate.
John Benoit defends the indicted Holgate in the article saying "We have ever reason to believe he's above board."
Benoit would be wise to read the Grand Jury's indictment of Holgate and the others in San Jacinto. It is evident that the San Jac Nine broke the law, conspired to do so, and are guilty as charged.
Benoit's comment makes us wonder if he is also dirty in this and trying to hide that from the DA and the public.
Were these three contributions to John Benoit also reimbursed by Steve Holgate?
If so, did John Benoit know of this money laundering scheme?
Is John Benoit also under investigation by District Attorney Rod Pacheco?
Hold on to your hats dear readers, this one is going to be one helluva ride!