Republican State Senator John Benoit has been appointed to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, as we reported would happen over a month ago.
Benoit will fill the seat of the late County Supervisor Roy Wilson who served the County's 4th District honorably until his sudden resignation in August. Wilson died mere days after his resignation.
In his alleged resignation letter, Wilson requested that the Governor appoint Benoit to serve the remainder of his term in office. The authenticity of that letter has been drawn into question and it appears to many that Roy Wilson's resignation letter may have been forged.
We even wonder dear readers, if John Benoit was aware of that Wilson's resignation letter was a fraud.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has once again shown his disregard and utter contempt for the people of Riverside County by appointing a member of the do-nothing State Legislature to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. If you thought the budget was bad before, just wait for John Benoit to put his years of experience on the State Budget to work on the County's Budget.
Fortunately Benoit will have to face election to the seat next June. He will likely face former Republican State Senator Jim Battin. That will likely be one of the costliest and nastiest races in the history of Riverside County.
John Benoit's appointment does occur under a cloud of controversy. Benoit who is a critic of the Public Employee Retirement System was recently outed by the Los Angeles Times for gaming the system for taking his nearly $100,000 a year pension while making over $100,000 as a State Senator. Benoit refused to comment on his hypocrisy.
This week we also reported on a reader's tip that Benoit may have lied about in disability claims he made to the State in attempts to receive his retirement payments tax free.
None of this should come as any surprise. This is the same John Benoit who before he had even received the appointment, and before Wilson's funeral, scheduled a fundraiser for Wilson's job! How classeless.
After we broke the story, Benoit was shamed into moving the fundraiser back a week in an attempt to discredit the accuracy of our reporting.
But as our exclusive on his appointment proves, our sources are good and our information is spot on. That's why they hate us dear readers, and that's why you've got to keep reading Inside Riverside.