After it was revealed that Chris Benjamin, a municipal judge and part time political consultant, is having serious personal financial problems, questions are being raised about his ability to manage public funds. Benjamin is most infamous for switching parties to run for the State Senate as a Democrat in 2008.
Having defaulted on a loan for his house, it will be auctioned at the Cass County Courthouse tomorrow. A new blog, the Cass County Insider, has the scoop:
Some of these positions of responsibility that the Harrisonville lawyer has taken on may seem impressive at first glance, but a number of questions arise when looking beneath the surface, as Benjamin is apparently having trouble managing his own finances. The Cass County Democrat Missourian published a Notice of Trustee's Sale of Benjamin's house in Freeman, for defaulting on the loan. The public notice, which was included in the paper's last four editions, announces that Benjamin's home will be sold to the highest bidder for cash on the courthouse steps on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
In light of his current financial circumstances, can Benjamin really be trusted to handle the millions of dollars of assets that are managed by the Cass Medical Center, not to mention the chamber of commerce and municipal court budgets he is in charge of? Would Harrisonville's elected officials have handed over taxpayer money to Benjamin had they known about his current financial difficulties?
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