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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 8:49 pm | Updated: 11:01 pm, Tue Jan 28, 2014.

Almost a year after the work started, Sterling District residents have filed a recall petition in Loudoun Circuit Court seeking to oust Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) from office.

Monday afternoon attorney John Flannery filed the petition on behalf of "Citizens of Sterling," as listed on the court docket. A show cause hearing has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Sources confirmed the petition filing Monday evening, saying it has 686 signatures from Sterling District residents. Flannery's filing also included several exhibits in support of the petition. The petitioners also have requested the court disqualify the Loudoun and Arlington commonwealth's attorneys and appoint independent counsel to represent Sterling residents in the case. Flannery said Tuesday that typically the commonwealth's attorney would take over the case from a private attorney, prompting the request.

Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman recused himself from the original case and Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos oversaw the grand jury investigation.

A press conference on the filing was held this morning in the boardroom of the county government center in Leesburg. Al Nevarez, Delgaudio’s 2011 opponent in the supervisors race and one of the leaders of the recall effort, said the ultimate goal is to "give Sterling better representation."

"There are improvements approved through bond that have never been submitted to the budget," Nevarez said Tuesday. "...we are not being served properly."

Under the state statute, the recall petition needed at least 558 signatures—equal to 10 percent of the number voting in the 2011 election—to seek the removal of an elected official. Sources also say the leaders of the group of community organizers formed under a group called Sterling Deserves Better, expect few of the signatures will be rejected by the court since they were obtained "at the homes of verified voters."

Indeed, in May, Nevarez said the group worked to ensure all signatures would be accepted.

“We know that Delgaudio’s counsel is going to try to remove signatures, even though we went door to door and got those from registered voters,” Nevarez said in May. “We are ensuring that we have a large enough number so that even with some of that legal trickery you are still going to have enough people to get the petition through.”

Flannery said the citizens group "did not want to confound what they were doing with any election going on at the time...This is about nothing but good governance."

State law allows the Circuit Court to remove an elected official “for neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties when that neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office.” Delgaudio will have 10 days to respond before the court will decide whether to schedule a trial on the matter.

Messages left with Delgaudio and his attorney have not yet been returned.

The one recall petition previously was filed in Loudoun, but was unsuccessful.

This recall petition effort began in February 2013, after a grand jury investigation was launched into allegations Delgaudio's used his county staff aides to set up meetings to solicit political donations. In May, the petition had enough signatures, according to organizers, but they were not yet prepared to file.

In June, the grand jury investigation concluded, and while the it issued a report raising questions about Delgaudio's actions, it brought no criminal charges--primarily because supervisors are considered part-time legislators and Virginia law dealing with misuse of county resources applies only to full-time employees. An effort by the Board of Supervisors and members of Loudoun's delegation to the General Assembly to change the Virginia State Code to apply the law more broadly recently died in a House of Delegates subcommittee.

The Board of Supervisors did censure Delgaudio, stripping him of his committee assignments and taking control of his county office budget.

"The Board of Supervisors limited his ability as much as they could to do anything wrong," Flannery said, but added the recall petition provided the best remedy for citizens.

Welcome to the discussion.

43 comments:

  • David Weintraub posted at 4:49 pm on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    David Weintraub Posts: 209

    As I told you on the other thread: If you sincerely dispute the facts as presented, the burden is on you to support your position with evidence. Do you have evidence that for Democrats "all things are optional?" Do you have evidence that "laws apply only to Republicans?" For example, was then-Attorney General Cuccinelli impeached when he refused to defend a law he had determined to be unconstitutional?

    If you still don't understand the difference between a private attorney and an attorney general, just say so.

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 3:54 pm on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    Yeah, yeah. I know. More Leftie blather.

    The laws apply only to Republicans. For Democrats, all things are optional if they are for a political purpose. Stop pretending otherwise.

     
  • David Weintraub posted at 2:11 pm on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    David Weintraub Posts: 209

    "In that case, then every lawyer who defends a guilty client should just throw in the towel."

    Please slow down and read. "...an attorney general's obligations are quite different from a private lawyer's. Briefly, while a private lawyer must represent the interest of his or her client regardless of beliefs about that client's guilt, a public lawyer like an AG *must not* represent a position he or she believes violates the law."

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 1:21 pm on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    ", a public lawyer like an AG *must not* represent a position he or she believes violates the law"

    In that case, then every lawyer who defends a guilty client should just throw in the towel.

    Mark Herring should be impeached. Of course, that just means he should be put on trial by the Senate. Whether they find him guilty or not is another issue. But they should, as he has no respect for the rule of law.

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 1:15 pm on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    "Thanks, MJD. But I don't live in the district."

    And either do 95% of Lefties with the pitchforks that continue to charge at Delgaudio, thus further proving my point that it has nothing to do with his local politics and almost everything to do with his pro-traditional marriage stance. All the other excuses are just pretense.

    The homosexual mafia is set to knee-cap anyone that speaks out against their most (un)holy cause. Even poor Johnny Weir the gay Olympic skater has been excoriated by the Left because he criticized gay activists for turning the Olympics into a political statement.

    If you think differently, you will be targeted for destruction.

     
  • Barbara Munsey posted at 12:02 pm on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    Barbara Munsey Posts: 597

    "Thanks, MJD. But I don't live in the district."

    Neither do a lot of people.

    so it goes...

     
  • David Weintraub posted at 10:40 am on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    David Weintraub Posts: 209

    Thanks, MJD. But I don't live in the district.

     
  • Cmckeonjr posted at 6:36 am on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    Cmckeonjr Posts: 349

    MJD, you sound like a bit of crybaby yourself.

     
  • SatchMo posted at 10:37 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    Kkuhn, you're absolutely right about schools. One can easily add public libraries to his neglect. He's fought any increase in library services to Sterling for over a decade. He seems very comfortable settling on the current 1970's offering that the citizens of Sterling Park have. Absolutely no interest in this important public service.

     
  • MJD posted at 9:56 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    MJD Posts: 3

    I see the usual liberal mafia "smarter then the rest of us" crowd is here to beat up anyone who doesn't agree with their agenda. Here is a radical idea for you- How about you find a fellow mafia member to run for his seat and just win the election? With all the smart people in your gang you obviously have the advantage over the rest of us- you should be able to easily win the election and then have it you way AND we wont have to listen to a bunch of cry babies anymore. No problem to win right? Maybe even David W could run?

     
  • David Weintraub posted at 7:39 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    David Weintraub Posts: 209

    David D: It's off topic, but I can see that you have as many misconceptions about the role of an attorney general as you have about the First Amendment. It's not your fault - you've been misled by Bob Marshall, who is reacting emotionally, who is not an attorney, and who apparently doesn't listen to those who are. The truth is that there is no more basis for this "impeachment" nonsense than there is for your notion that the federal government can regulate the content of private contracts with employees that restrict speech.

    I encourage you to look up "Inside Charlottesville" and listen to yesterday's podcast with Lloyd Snook. He explains much of what has you confused. Contrary to what Mr. Marshall presumes, an attorney general's obligations are quite different from a private lawyer's. Briefly, while a private lawyer must represent the interest of his or her client regardless of beliefs about that client's guilt, a public lawyer like an AG *must not* represent a position he or she believes violates the law. Of course the law that takes precedence here is the U.S. Constitution, and every court that has ruled on the issue of state constitutional amendments like the Marshall-Newman amendment since the SCOTUS rulings in June have concluded that they are unconstitutional. That is currently the state of the law, and to knowingly argue otherwise would be dereliction of duty.

    I know that this has all happened very quickly and you're having trouble accepting it. I can understand your distress. But this is how tipping points work. If you aren't in a position to see them coming they will take you by surprise. I don't dislike you, and I want you to know that nothing bad is going to come of this.

     
  • Kkuhn74 posted at 7:32 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Kkuhn74 Posts: 2

    I have read the comments with interest, but am disturbed by an important missing element. Another area in which Delgaudio was negligent was the Sterling schools. He consistently voted against the SB budgets, yet never bothered to visit the schools and assess the needs. He LOVED to attend events and glad-hand, but he knew nothing about the complexities of the community he was supposed to represent. There are lots of reasons that many Sterling residents will be happy to be rid of him!

     
  • Cmckeonjr posted at 7:18 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Cmckeonjr Posts: 349

    In the history of Virginia there has never been a successful application of this process to remove an official from office, which speaks to the ineffectiveness of the provision–unless you believe Virginia is not for lovers but saints and angels–but if ever there is a case for its successful application this may be it.

    But for our unethical legislature shielding part-time officials–like themselves–the actions of Delgaudio were felonious. The grand jury that investigated him could hardly have been clearer about that.

    But our little lordies in Richmond continue to place themselves beyond the reach of the law.

    Delegate Minchew sponsored a bill to remove the provision shielding crooks like Delgaudio in part-time offices, but the Criminal Law Subcommittee in the House of Delegates "tabled" the bill, a parliamentary tactic designed to prevent the bill ever coming up for a vote in the House of Delegates.

    Members of the Criminal Law Subcommittee:

    Robert B. Bell
    Albo
    Cline
    Gilbert
    Miller
    Villanueva
    Morris
    Adams
    Watts
    Herring
    Mason

     
  • SatchMo posted at 5:42 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    Ethics is a worthy obsession DD. Delgaudio is unethical. My motive(s) belongs to me, not to your interpretation. More should take the obession on.

    I completely disagree with your assertion that this is all about Delgaudio's day job. Either in reference to me or others. Even if most find it offensive.

    Regardless of Delgaudio's day job, he using county resources to run his election campaign, that is unethical. The way he treats employees is unethical. These are real issues related to real actions and have nothing to do with a social extreme agenda. His peers judged it so.

    The Report and ultimate examination of the Delgaudio situation including the appropriate sanctions, as conducted by his peers certainly didn't have an ulterior motive associated with his hatred of homosexuals. You will have to agree he was not censored by his peers due to his day job. Many of his peers who were disgusted by Delgaudio's job as a Supervisor also would probably agree with his social agenda.

    Now those 670 plus citizens who signed the petition, some probably were upset with his service and his ethics, and some where certainly motivated by his social beliefs. There is evidence on numerous occasions that he has not been able to separate the two.

     
  • LTreader posted at 4:39 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    LTreader Posts: 40

    If we can agree that low-turnout elections put Eugene in office then can we also agree that it doesn't take 100% of the sterling electorate to remove him?

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 4:37 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    Satchmo, you know that if Delgaudio wasn't so outspokenly pro-traditional marriage, none of the liberal cronies would give a hoot what he does. But he is, and you and the other Democrat jihadists want his head on a platter.

    Twist it any other way you want, you know that is the core of your obsession.

     
  • norges55 posted at 4:32 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    norges55 Posts: 1042

    The only was for democrats to get rid of Eugene is if he runs for higher office and then he would win that seat also. Hopefully the judge will kick Flannery's buttocks and what is this continued garbage about not using Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney? Can't win at the polls so lets get a lowlife, self serving ambulance chasing loser like Flannery to represent us. Better yet let's get Herring in on it he does not give a hoot what the voters say. Only 300,000 more voted for the gay marriage ban then voted for him or the entire population of Loudoun County. Parlor tricks from scumbag lawyers is what the democrats are stooping too, not entirely unexpected.

     
  • Leesburg Resident posted at 4:28 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Leesburg Resident Posts: 156

    The VA AG must uphold the U.S. Constitution which Mark Herring has done.

    In modern history, there have been numerous examples of politicians supporting positions such as being against homosexuals only to be outed as a homosexual themself. It seems the louder they scream against something, the more often we learn of their hipocracy. Hmmm.

     
  • The Operative posted at 4:28 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    The Operative Posts: 207

    Oh.Dear.Lord it appears the right winged nut jobs are coming out of the woodwork. If anyone reads that special grand jury report and thinks eugene is an angel and the victim of some political witch hunt, get yourself to a doctor...stat. Because you clearly need medication for delusions and you might have a serious medical condition called GOP-HiA syndrome (HiA is an acronym and is often confused CRS syndrome). Eugene's devoted supporters remind me of a Southern evangelical revival, you know the ones where they use snakes and speak in tongues.

     
  • SatchMo posted at 4:16 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    DD, with little time at the moment to respond completely, I will again point out you are entitled to your opinion and so is Delgaudio. You do know the Delgaudio spin as crafted by Charlie King.

    None of that erases the evaluation already made, the judgments already passed. With the extensive Grand Jury report, the considerations you note brought forward by King, and elected official's personal experience.... Every other BOS member sided with the report. Every other BOS member sided with a strong censure. Every member pushed for ethics reform to close the Delgaudio loophole, and Republican Delegates are pushing the reforms. You have to admit that's a lot of intellectual weight.

    We can debate this, you and I and other here, but at the end of the day the only elected official support Delgaudio on these charges is Delgaudio, and his wingman Dick Black. That about says it all. Especially since every elected official other than Delgaudio and Black are Republicans.

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 4:12 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    "It's about time! Get this clown out of office." I couldn't agree more. Two week has been too much..

    Please sign the petition to remove Mark Herring from office for his gross dereliction of duty:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/hon-edward-f-jewett-clerk-to-initiate-proceedings-to-remove-and-recall-virginia-attorney-general-mark-herring-for-dereliction-of-duty

     
  • Glory posted at 3:45 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Glory Posts: 1035

    "This land was made for you and me." RIP, Pete Seeger

     
  • That Guy posted at 3:43 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    That Guy Posts: 47

    It's about time! Get this clown out of office.

     
  • Glory posted at 3:39 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Glory Posts: 1035

    "they will try anything to get rid of him, no matter how silly they look."

    Pretty sure it's not liberals who looked silly when Delgaudio's recent library board nomination resigned after less than two weeks; "I know nothing."

    We've seen what it is to selectively use the Constitution. Pretty sure the framers wouldn't have wished ethically challenged, discriminatory theocrats serving in legislative bodies.

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 3:08 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    "Re: “Mark Herring ignoring laws on the books when he swore an oath to uphold the Virginia Constitution” -

    *So he should ignore the supreme oath to the US Constitution?"

    Since when did Mark Herring become a 1-man US Supreme Court?

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 3:05 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    Satchmo, none are frivolous, but most are baseless.

    1. "a circumstantial assertion" ... not worth the time of day
    2 & 5. A disgruntled employee made these claims. If there was a third party that could corroborate this, it would have more validity. As it is, it is he said-she said. "'She was also promised a bonus for expanding the list or collecting additional donors. However, while she did receive her regular Loudoun County salary for her efforts, she never actually received any of the aforementioned bonus compensation." Perhaps, such an offer was never made because payment would have been illegal.
    3. Really? How would a resident know that the person handing out the flier was a county aide and not a political campaigner?
    4. So what? Liberals (and you are included in this) have said much worse things. Political hyperbole.

    A few other items:

    "Over the course of several months the Jury heard from and questioned 31 different witnesses and reviewed 36 items of material entered into evidence. Based upon testimony, the Jury also requested additional witnesses and evidence to further investigate both the original allegation as well as related issues that arose. At the conclusion of the investigation, the CA informed the Jury that she would not ask
    the Jury to consider any indictments."

    So, after thoroughly reviewing the matter, they came up with zilch. And, since your buddies don't like the answer, now they request that neither the Loudoun CA or the Arlington CA bring forth the current matter. After striking out so many times, give the thing a rest. The ballot box is open in 9 months. Use it.

    2. "Under Virginia statute, a special grand jury impanelled by the CA is not required to produce a report. However, in light of the fact that the investigation centers around a prominent and long-serving Loudoun County Board of Supervisor, and because this case has generated media interest both before the Jury was impanelled and during the course of its investigation, the Jury believes it is in the public's best interest to understand the Jury's findings. We further believe that the parties involved deserve to know why no indictment is forthcoming."

    That is, they didn't like the answer and tried to cause political harm since they had no legal recourse.

    3. "The individual who created the list testified that the list, referred to within Supervisor Delgaudio's office as the Igor list, was intended to identify potential campaign donors. While this witness could not easily imagine another purpose for this list, the witness ultimately did not know how this list was actually used or if it was used by Supervisor Delgaudio or any of his staff or volunteers."

    I say again, "the witness ultimately did not know how this list was actually used for"

    4. "It is unclear to the Jury whether the county employees were paid with county funds for the meetings in which both county and Public Advocate business were discussed"

    I could go on and on. But the bottom line is there is nothing in here that warrants removal from office. It galls Loudoun Liberals that Delgaudio is there and they will try anything to get rid of him, no matter how silly they look.

     
  • Catherine posted at 3:03 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Catherine Posts: 63

    @ Glory, most of the elected politicians seem happy to ignore the constitution to curry favor in order to get votes or to stockpile political currency from their co-legislators. Pull back the curtain and these guys are peas in pod, from all parties. It's all lip service.

     
  • Glory posted at 2:51 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Glory Posts: 1035

    Wow. So much here, where to start:

    Re: “it took ‘Sterling Deserves Better’ almost a year to get 686 signatures” -

    *It’s not like there was anything else going on this past year for local and state Democratic volunteers and leaders, such as primaries in June, phonebanks, canvasses, GOTV, elections, manning polls, recounts, more phonebanks, more canvasses, special elections, and finally the top-of-the-ticket and last two state senators are finally in place.

    Re: “you really need to be careful with your facts” -

    *Since when? Regular posters have low expectations for that ever happening. LOL

    Re: “Mark Herring ignoring laws on the books when he swore an oath to uphold the Virginia Constitution” -

    *So he should ignore the supreme oath to the US Constitution?

    Re: “The taxpayers of Loudoun County and the users of our court system deserve better than to have this shady group wasting our money and tying up our courts with their frivolous tripe filings.” -

    *Same could be said about shady Delgaudio group, I guess.

     
  • SatchMo posted at 2:26 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    DD, of the select findings listed below, which ones do you find frivolous? Of this select list which ones do you claim as being associated with Delgaudio's stance on gay marriage? Once you get through this list we can go to other findings. It is no wonder that the report spent time defining how the General Assembly should go about ethics reform and close the Delgaudio loophole.

    1. Misusing public assets for Public Advocate business. The Special Grand Jury reported that the testimony “supports at least a circumstantial assertion of misuse of public assets” and stated that witness testimony indicates that at times your BoS aides were directed to report to the executive assistant for Public Advocate, who is not and has never been a county employee, and routinely cc’d her on county emails.

    2. Misusing county employee(s) by having them help with political fundraising. In the Special Grand Jury report your legislative aide, Donna Mateer, testified that she was instructed by you to contact people on the Igor list to set up appointments with him. According to testimony, you told her that she would get five percent of any large donations you received as a result of these meetings or calls.

    3. Misusing county employee(s) by having them going door to door to drop self promoting fliers. The Chairman’s aide received a call from a Sterling resident who claimed one of your aides knocked on her door and when she told the aide that he was not allowed to be soliciting, according to the resident, your aide replied by saying, “don’t be surprised if you find your car windows spidered.” A term used to indicate a shattering of the windows. This resident filed a police report, but no charges were brought forth.

    4.Verbally abusing members of the public. It was reported in the LTM’s online story this past week that in an online newsletter that you sent out you are quoted as saying about a member of the public “My former opponent is like Adolph Hitler in WWII or similar to Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War”.

    5. Verbally abusing your staff aide. There were several incidents when Donna Mateer came to several of the staff including to one of Chairman York’s aides that she was being berated by you. Specifically she told several staff aides that you called her “stupid” and told her not to attend the staff aides meetings because she was too “stupid”. Additionally she told at least two of the staff aides that you called her a f***ing b**ch.

    Further, comparing Delgaudio with Herring is a red herring. Laughable actually.

     
  • Concerned Citizen posted at 2:20 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Concerned Citizen Posts: 13

    norges55 you really need to be careful with your facts. Yes in 1999 Delgaudio received 100% with no opponent, Carl Helman was to be the candidate to replace Scott York, Helman was on the Planning Commission when Delgaudio falsely claimed Sterling as his home while his car and family lived in Falls Church. In 2003, rounding to 52% when he ran the antigay platform, 2007 rounding to 52% when he ran the anti-immigrants platform and 2001 rounding 51%, Delgaudio spent about $200 for every vote while his opponent spent $60 per vote. Also, Delgaudio raises about 90% or more of his campaign funds from non-Loudoun residents to include a lot form out of state. Also, look at all his amendments to his financials over the years. For a politician campaigning in Virginia for over 20 years, one would think he knows what to disclose – obviously he is always hiding something.

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 1:48 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    I encourage everyone to read the report:

    https://archive.org/details/717055-special-grand-jury-report

    Evidence of anything was scant to non-existent and the majority of the pages were devoted on the Grand Jury telling the General Assembly how to do its job. It is laughable. Please, waste 15 minute of your life and read the report.

    This is all about Delguadio's stance supporting traditional marriage and nothing else. The liberal witch hunt continues.

    But don't you think it is ironic that the Left is screaming that we need more laws to get Delguadio and at the same time supports Mark Herring ignoring laws on the books when he swore an oath to uphold the Virginia Constitution.

    Apparently, we can just pick and choose what laws we want to obey. And, if there aren't enough laws to criminalize people we disagree with, then we should make more laws to silence our political enemies.

    Petty, petty liberals.

     
  • SatchMo posted at 1:24 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    DD, settle down! Your on the extreme far right spectrum when examining the Delgaudio phenomena. An apologist if you will. A definite enabler.

    The report, you so adamantly criticism, was penned by a sworn group of citizens in a formal grand jury. Eight elected BOS Republicans saw great cause within the report and saw justification within it to censor the thieving Delgaudio. Efforts were made unanimously by the BOS to request reforms on ethics that would close the Delgaudio loophole. Local elected State GOP representatives are championing that effort. Not so sure you have that many folks agreeing with you that the "report" is/was absurd.

    One of the last elections the GOP lost was the AG race. Remember that trifacta day? Herring is on solid legal ground, and he's on the right side of the issue. Obviously, you are heated and upset at that. So be it, it's your right, but remember you're not the only citizen in town.

     
  • Rugs posted at 12:47 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Rugs Posts: 9

    So it took "Sterling Deserves Better" almost a year to get 686 signatures -- or so they tell us, but we just have to take their word for it.

    Everything about this group says "creepy" and "loser." Their website gives no names, addresses, or telephone numbers. We have no idea who they are or who is funding them, what their real motives are, or how many campaign finance laws they may be breaking.

    The taxpayers of Loudoun County and the users of our court system deserve better than to have this shady group wasting our money and tying up our courts with their frivolous tripe filings.

     
  • The Operative posted at 12:30 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    The Operative Posts: 207

    So let's review the LCRC, RPVA track record; former Gov & wife under a federal indictment, Eugene Delgaudio wasn't "cleared of wrong doing", he was exempt from criminally due to a loophole in the statue...yet the VA HoD super R majority sends the 1 legislative remedy to committee.
    Dont be fooled by Stevens Miller's alledged support and involvement of this monolithic effort. His involvement only exist in his own delusional mind. Lest we forget Miller believes he is the LCDC's political savior, whilst Charlie "Cockroach" Jackson shakes his pom poms like a high school cheerleader in support of Miller. This also applies to coattail riding Tony Barney. I liken these three as the trifecta of people who should never be elected to public office. Their combined political veritas can't even fill tinkerbell's thimble.

     
  • David Dickinson posted at 11:58 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    David Dickinson Posts: 955

    The Loudoun resident that needs to be recalled is MARK HERRING for his gross dereliction of duty as AG.

    As was pointed out, it seems a vine full of sour grapes has assembled a feeble attempt to keep themselves in the public spotlight.

    And what is the point of this anyway??? The election is in 9 months. Why waste all your time with this instead of campaigning for a victory? You're going to attempt to have a special election a couple of months before the actual election. You are wasting everyones time.

    Of course, these are dyed-in-the wool liberals we are talking about. When they lose at the ballot box over and over and over, then they take their issue to the court system where they hope some contrived argument will salve their latest fabricated gross injustice.

    I hope everyone does read the Grand Jury's Special Report. It was one of the weakest and most absurd reports I've ever read. Weak evidence and even worse conclusions. What kind of stupidity does it take to say that you wished that what the guy did was illegal, but it isn't, so the real problem is that the General Assembly needs to change the law so it will be illegal so then the guy would be guilty. Huh.

     
  • Sundance posted at 10:36 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Sundance Posts: 119

    Why DO conservatives feel Delgaudio is the only who they are willing to see represent Sterling? He's accomplished absolutely nothing for the district in all his years in office, he barely wins every time around, he has given them all a bad name, he embarrasses them at every turn, he has proven to be immoral, a liar, a cheat....why do they put up with him?

    Simple answer: his machine raises lots of money for their campaigns.

    That's what it's all about. Nothing else. They've been bought, and they're scared of him.

     
  • SatchMo posted at 10:28 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    Norge, it would be a wonderful surprise if the LCRC challenged Eugene with a better conservative candidate. Why do you seem to think it only needs to be Dems that takes the guy out? A good conservative who hasn't stolen taxpayer money would be a good start.

    I am not worried about the timing, I want Delgaudio to be reminded every remaining day he is in office that he can't get away with felonious acts. Something (someone) has to keep him in check. The local GOP doesn't seem to want to.

     
  • Robert Pierce posted at 10:23 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Robert Pierce Posts: 50

    Read at least the Executive Summary of the Special Grand Jury:

    https://archive.org/details/717055-special-grand-jury-report

    A bigger scandal is what is questionably legal in Virginia; the lesser scandal is those that live in that margin. The House of Delegates appears to want to keep it that way.

     
  • Tax piglet posted at 9:30 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Tax piglet Posts: 58

    It's fortunate that Counselor Flannery was able to steal a little time from his campaign to remove the Confederate statute in order to schedule this press conference. Hopefully the same contact list will serve both causes. Who's paying his legal bill?

     
  • Robert Pierce posted at 1:46 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Robert Pierce Posts: 50

    Congratulations to "Sterling Deserves Better;" may their efforts be fully successful to rid Loudoun and Sterling of this embarrassment. You would think that more than just a few republicans, especially the majority that control the House of Delegates, would object to tax payer dollars being apparently spent to further homophobic and personal causes. Does the Taxed Enough Already party agree to this use of taxes?

     
  • Buffacuse posted at 11:27 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Buffacuse Posts: 536

    I dunno...much as I want him out and as much as I congratulate everyone for getting the signatures, I wonder about the timing. Midway or more during the term, after I presume a lengthy court case just about time for the 2015 election anyway. And, even if you win, does anything preclude him from running again after being ousted? I'd feel better about this if it hadn't happened this late in his term, but now how about we just find a credible candidate to run against him and beat him at the polls...that way, he's probably done, period. And, if not, Sterling regrettably gets what they deserve.

     
  • The Operative posted at 10:53 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    The Operative Posts: 207

    Now this is what hard work at the grassroots level looks like. I hope the Circuit Court gives the petitioners a hearing.

    Funny...I do seem to remember longtime Sterling Dem Tony Barney saying this recall effort was a waste of time. Yet quickly changed his tone when he rashly announced his candidacy 30+ months before the 2015 election. I highly doubt Barney lifted a fing urge to assist in the incredibly difficult task. Again kudos to Sterling Deserves Better.

     
  • SatchMo posted at 10:18 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    Fantastic news! Congrats to those who are working hard to make this recall happen.

    As a Loudoun County citizen I want assurances that ZERO tax money goes to Delgaudio's attempt to defend himself. I want every defensive dollar spent to come directly out of his pocket.

    Delgaudio hasn't returned one dime of the money he smuggled out of Loudoun to benefit himself and his day job. If that is unrecoverable, I want to make sure he pays in other ways.