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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:32 am

Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) Monday night won support from the Loudoun County Republican Committee in his effort to overturn the Board of Supervisors’ July 17 censure vote that resulted in the defunding of his office staff.

With just over 100 members voting, the committee by a 2 to 1 margin supported a resolution calling on the all-Republican Board of Supervisors to restore funding for his staff aide and to form a special committee to investigate allegations of misconduct that had been probed by a special grand jury earlier this year. The grand jury investigation resulted in no criminal charges, but the panel issued a special report raising questions about Delgaudio’s conduct. Among the allegations cited by supervisors in punishing the four-term supervisor were that he was abusive to staff members and used staff time and other county resources in campaign and fundraising activities.

Delgaudio and his attorney Charles King have argued in Circuit Court and in the county boardroom that the board should form a special committee to investigate the allegations and permit supervisors to call witnesses to testify and for Delgaudio’s attorney to cross-examine them in a public forum. Until Monday’s LCRC meeting that argument has failed to gain traction. Two Circuit Court judges have ruled that the board holds the authority to discipline its members and a majority of supervisors have said the grand jury report provided ample evidence to justify the sanctions, with no need for a special committee to duplicate that work.

The Board of Supervisors next Wednesday will meet for the first time since the censure vote. A supervisor on the prevailing side of the 8-1 vote could open the issue for reconsideration. While Delgaudio has appealed to his colleagues to restore his staff, he has also stepped up public criticism of the board and turned the controversy into a fundraising drive—a strategy unlikely to win favor from supervisors already frustrated by the amount of time being devoted to the controversy.

That concern also was cited by members of the LCRC who opposed the resolution Monday night. Two key party activists urged the committee to stay out of the fray, at least until after the November elections. Greg Stone, who is leading the volunteer efforts for Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign in Loudoun, and longtime GOP leader Mary Gail Swenson warned that the squabble between Delgaudio and the board majority threatened to be a dangerous distraction from the important state campaigns. Stone urged committee members to stay focused on the campaigns, pointing out that results in Loudoun and Prince William counties likely would dictate the outcome of the election, only 70 days away. He said committee members concerned about the situation should express their support directly to the board as individuals, pointing out that he was the only committee member to speak in Delgaudio’s defense prior to the board’s censure vote.

Swenson said the dispute threatened to become a “complete distraction.” Her motion to postpone a vote on the resolution until after the election formed the core of the debate and was the subject of the first of two full roll-call votes.

The motion failed and was followed by a second roll call vote adopting the resolution, 68-34.

Several supervisors were present at the meeting. Although they made no comments on the issue during the hour-long debate, their votes indicated a preference for the LCRC to drop the issue. In attendance were Vice Chairman Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) and supervisors Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian), Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) and Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin). Even Higgins, who argued in support of Delgaudio's request for a special committee during the July board meeting, voted against the LCRC resolution.

An electronic newsletter Delgaudio sent to his constituents just hours before Monday’s meeting took a combative tone with his fellow supervisors.

As he had orchestrated supporters to turn out for Monday’s LCRC meeting, Delgaudio also urged them to attend the board’s Sept. 4 meeting to support his effort to overturn the censure sanctions. “Can you help keep the Board in the right direction? If you believe as I do that the Liberal Leesburg Establishment ignores Sterling needs, let them know,” Delgaudio wrote. “Liberals have attacked me for 14 years. They used every weapon in their arsenal to silence me. The liberals rhetorically hack at me with blunt axes to destroy me and our conservative values. They target me as I am the strongest conservative. I am your firewall, your foundation, your advocate for our values for 14 years.”

The newsletter also solicits campaign donations in advance of a “Restore Sterling Victory Party” fundraiser planned Sept. 20. Delgaudio’s latest campaign disclosure reports $49,804 cash on hand, about half of the $100,000 he typically spends in his re-election campaigns. Although next board elections are not until 2015, Delgaudio is the only sitting supervisor who already has a challenger in the race.

As evidence that Delgaudio’s calls to restore funding for his staff aides are falling on deaf ears among other supervisors, Reid Monday distributed copies of minutes from board budget deliberations in 2010 and 2011 in which the Sterling District supervisor advocated cutting funding for all board aides, including them on his list of items he said represented unnecessary or wasteful spending.

Welcome to the discussion.

22 comments:

  • JonathanWeintraub posted at 9:15 pm on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    JonathanWeintraub Posts: 278

    Well, as reported by the Grand Jury, and documented on the Public Advocate web site, Supervisor Delgaudio's Aide put a bag over his head (reminiscent of the early KKK) and helped his boss (Public Advocate, not Loudoun County) repeat disparaging lies about GLBTI people that helped earn Eugene hate group leader status. See:

    http://www.loudounprogress.org/?p=5191

    Should our tax dollars support that behavior? Apparently, a two-thirds majority of the August 26 LCRC attendees think so. It truly is a puzzle.

    They like him. Like a bad dog who barks and jumps and causes all sorts of trouble, they like him. Nothing is going to change that. They like him. Btw, I have such a dog and can relate. It doesn't make it right.

    I'd recommend a compromise. The BoS should retain the budget and assign an aide who doesn't wear a bag over his head, and who doesn't maintain "friends" and "enemies" lists. They should also "appoint a committee to engage in a separate investigation of the allegations against Supervisor Delgaudio." I think a separate investigation would be quite fun. If the BoS would like for citizens to fund the investigation, I'm ready and willing to write a check.

     
  • Cmckeonjr posted at 11:33 am on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    Cmckeonjr Posts: 350

    Bullies on the Board of Supervisors? They're all members of his own party! Every one of them.

     
  • westLOUDOUNer posted at 11:31 am on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    westLOUDOUNer Posts: 1014

    Mark & sadiem - He will only stand up for those that support him (10% of Sterling residents), all others are tossed in the trash.

     
  • sadiem12 posted at 10:55 am on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    sadiem12 Posts: 1

    Supervisor Delgaudio understands people in the Sterling District and stands up for them, just like he stood up against the bullies on the Board of Supervisors and the Leesburg Establishment!

     
  • JohnQPublic posted at 9:49 am on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    JohnQPublic Posts: 10

    LOL @ Loudoun Cty GOP, still thinking that exclusion and pandering to nuts is a viable paradigm. The GOP sinks further and further into irrelevance. Too bad, it would be great to have options.

     
  • Glory posted at 9:04 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Glory Posts: 1064

    Oh, but Loudoun residents have become keenly aware of what he stands for; pandering to those who would drink "from the cup of bitterness and hatred," and diametrically opposed to what MLK Jr. stood for.

    "you know what you are getting" means no equity, no equality, no ethics, no honor. At least 1/3 of the LCRC stood up to him; maybe there's hope yet for some common sense and compromise instead of blind allegiance.

     
  • Mark J posted at 7:56 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Mark J Posts: 72

    Good for Eugene. I admire him for being a man that will not pander. Other politicians should do the same. If you vote for him, you know what you are getting. He really will help out his constituents.

     
  • Bocephus posted at 11:26 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Bocephus Posts: 129

    The staff and funding control was taken away from Delgaudio. No asked for the censure to be overturned, or the committee assignments to be reinstated. Please read the resolution.

    This vote did not split the republicans. The ones that have been working all along for the state ticket are still doing so, and they overwhelmingly voted for the resolution. The people chanting from the sidelines that were against the resolution have been absent from any type of campaigning and no one anticipates them jumping in. The hypocrisy couldn't be any more glaring.

     
  • SatchMo posted at 10:43 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    Monk, not surprised but you have twisted logic.

    First, Sterling's funding (staff) has NOT been taken away from them, it has just been put under ethical controls. It was taken out of the hands of a swindler. The money had been used for Delgaudio's benefit NOT Sterlings. In effect, the Eugene thumping increased Sterling's resources. At least now resources from Leesburg to Sterling will go to the citizens and NOT to Eugene.

    8 Republican Board members voted to censure Delgaudio. That's more proof than those who adore Delgaudio want to consider.

    The only logical reason for supporting Delgaudio is that his social homophobic views are more important than ethics. Amazing!

    If there was a defense, which I believe there isn't, Charlie King could have easily told Eugene to give it during the open Board session. If Charlie was to concerned about Eugene melting down and actually telling the truth, then Charlie could have throttled him with a written defense to read. I ain't buying this whole Eugene is being prosecuted without the chance for defending himself. Get it straight lunatics, Eugene wants the melodrama, not justice. It feeds his sick soul, oh and his pocket book.

     
  • WestLoCo posted at 10:38 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    WestLoCo Posts: 12

    What a crock! Delgaudio a/k/a Village Idiot is just splitting the GOP, glad to see such unity! Can you not find someone just a little bit more trustworthy, someone that hasn’t made the GOP look like a laughing stock? Because I’m here to tell you that this man is the worst thing to happen to Loudoun. He’s lucky that Censure Sanctions was the only thing they did. LCRC/GOP this man is corrupt and full of hate. HE RUNS A HATE GROUP!!!! For God sakes open your eyes and look at this clown for what he is, PLEASE, PLEASE put the politics aside and look at this man for what he’s worth because he’s not worth the fight your putting into him. And he is making a fool out of the all of you! [sad]

     
  • Cmckeonjr posted at 12:27 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Cmckeonjr Posts: 350

    The only reason Delgaudio got off was an exemption of part-time employees and officials from a law making Delgaudio's actions a felony if committed by a full-time employee.

    The grand jury's report was not the doing of member; it was from the entire grand jury. A report from a grand jury in lieu of an indictment is extraordinary. It stemmed from dismay and frustration among a grand jury helpless to indict Delgaudio for actions that are a felony if committed by a full-time employee.

    The blog Real Loudoun noted the law produces the absurd result of subjecting a full-time grass mower in Recreation and Parks to its felony provisions while exempting members of a board of supervisors responsible for a budget of over a billion dollars - inviting and licensing corruption.

     
  • Jennifer1233 posted at 11:58 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    Jennifer1233 Posts: 19

    Who was on the Grand Jury? And this report "they" wrote ( that said he wasn't guilty of anything but the laws should change so then he'd be guilty ) was it written by one Grand Jury member or did every member agree to that? Sounds like a witch hunt for which they weren't able to pin him on anything. Sterling residents deserve representation like everyone else in the county. To that, I say to the Republican Committee, "Good vote."

     
  • SmilinJack posted at 10:35 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    SmilinJack Posts: 76

    Leesburg NW, have you noticed that the county has grown a bit over the last 12 years? From 30,000 to 312,000? ALL the supervisors now serve MANY more people than they did 'back in the day'. It's rather difficult to serve 40,000 people without an aide and with no money for supplies. It's not fair to the residents of Sterling. Every other district has representation on the board of supervisors, except Sterling. How is that fair?

     
  • Cmckeonjr posted at 9:50 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    Cmckeonjr Posts: 350

    With any luck Delgaudio will get his day in court before a judge on a petition from the good citizens of Sterling District calling on the judge to remove him from office altogether. Loudoun Deserves Better already has enough signatures and then some. Although this mechanism has never applied successfully, if ever there was a case for it, Delgaudio is it.

    The vote of the LCRC means nothing. The Board of Supervisors is done with Delgaudio. If they could have removed him from office themselves I think they would have. He's an albatross around their necks, and the LCRC does nothing to improve the situation. They just put party loyalty above integrity in government. If they had any shame or valued their local organization's respectability, long ago they would have repudiated, expelled, and called publicly for the resignation of Delgaudio - the only elected official in the United States of America the Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes leader of a hate organization.

     
  • Buffacuse posted at 9:22 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    Buffacuse Posts: 569

    Oy...you guys make it really hard to be a Republican out here...how can you toady for a guy who has utterly disgraced you and the county? What did he do--threaten to doctor a photo of you all in a compromising position (he's done it before.) Eugene belongs on the ash heap of local history or he will cost all of you dearly.

     
  • Leesburg NW posted at 8:22 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    Leesburg NW Posts: 77

    Sterling Residents have NO representation because Delgaudio is not allowed to reinstate his aides? Does The Bulletproof Monk realize that up until maybe 12 years ago, Supervisors in this county had no aides and were paid diddly. We seemed to survive quite well. I think Delgaudio , if he wanted to, could serve his constittuents without an aide or budtget. Politicians have too many paid flunkies and perks in this country. I think the Supervisors should CUT THEIR BUDGET like they did with the schools! We have several elected town councils in Loudoun (Leesburg being the biggest, where I live) and they have no aides or budget. We are doing fine in Leesburg without a bunch of political flunkies working for Umstattd and her do-nothings on that council

     
  • The Bulletproof Monk posted at 6:35 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    The Bulletproof Monk Posts: 20

    Sadly, there are agenda driven idiots who completely dismiss the fact that there are Sterling Residents who do not have representation and staff....and furthering the embarassment of the short-sighted lemmings on the BOS, it's all pitched atop a set of issues that haven't even been proven in a court yet.
    That Charlie King would even present the truth of the matter to squelch the orchestrated lies of the left drives these toads into drooling fits of mud-slinging.

     
  • amerigirl posted at 5:55 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    amerigirl Posts: 378

    LCRC must think we are all sheep that will follow anything republican, no matter how immoral. Too bad the people that should be representing us have so little concern for the truth and the citizens of Loudoun.

     
  • SmilinJack posted at 5:46 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    SmilinJack Posts: 76

    Unlike their democrat counterparts, the majority of LCRC members can walk and chew gum at the same time. They are perfectly capable of voting to right a wrong and work to elect republican candidates in November.

     
  • SatchMo posted at 1:55 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    Two? Why not three or four Grand Juries. Heck, let's keep this thing in the fore front of all that is important. Real smart move there LCRC.

    Now that Delgaudio has been confirmed as the elder anointed leader of the Loudoun Republicans he needs to get out on the campaign train. I am sure the current candidates would love to have him photo bombing their efforts at every turn possible.

     
  • LoudounPatriot posted at 1:37 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    LoudounPatriot Posts: 90

    LCRC: Keep acting crazy! People will begin to notice that ALL the BoS is cut from the same cloth. Delgaudio is innocent until proven guilty by at least TWO grand juries!

     
  • SatchMo posted at 12:46 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    SatchMo Posts: 192

    Well it's obvious the lunatic fringe of the LCRC have determined Delgaudio's social issues are more important than ethical improprieties.

    The LCRC has confirmed their brand! Look at Delgaudio and you see what the LCRC admires. Look at Delgaudio and you see the aspirations of the LCRC. Eugene Delgaudio the confirmed poster child of the LCRC, a homophobic, hate mongering, ethically challenged, and law skirting flim flam man.

    It would have been more refreshing if the lunatic fringe had put their efforts in finding a good Republican to take Delgaudio out in the next election.

    Live with it LCRC. You have anointed your leader. It's not a pretty sight.

    Best the county gets out of this is more melodrama for entertainment value. So much for energy going to the election. Killed that chance last night.