I read that Tony Benegas was upset he was not chosen for Jerome Delvin's Senate seat. He said he was tired of decisions being made in some "smoke-filled" room somewhere. This claim is baloney, and the people involved in the process know it.
Let me get this right: As a Republican party member, Benegas ran to be one of the three people to be considered by the Benton County commissioners for the state Senate seat left open by Delvin's resignation. Although Benegas is an elected party official, he was not selected by the party precinct committee officers responsible for naming those three people.
Other people were chosen, one of those being Sharon Brown. Now Tony is blaming these decisions on "smoke-filled back rooms." With those comments, he sucker punched the people and the entire organization who he says he represents.
Let's face it. The people in the party have shown wisdom and political savvy. The one big job Tony had as a party member (organizing the 2012 presidential caucus) was a total disaster. No wonder he wasn't chosen by the precinct committee officers.
MARK NAULTY, West Richland