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LTE: Tell Delgaudio, Enough!

Phyllis Randall calls on Loudoun GOP and public at large to renounce the Sterling supervisor.

There are times when the private behavior of our public officials is so egregious that it compels censure from leaders of their own party. The hateful statements and actions of Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and the hate group he heads present us with just such a time.

January 18, 1990, was the day I felt it was morally necessary for me to loudly, clearly and without reservation say “enough.” That, of course, was the day the Mayor of the District of Columbia was finally arrested for his ongoing illegal behaviors that were not just harming the political party I belong to, but more importantly damaging the African-American community and the community at large. Many in my party and my community chided me for speaking out against Mayor Barry (then and now), however. There are times when a person in one’s own political party, or community, does or says things that are so egregious, so ridiculous and so incendiary that party members and community leaders must put aside ideology and speak out publicly.

It is with this in mind that I ask members of the Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC) why they fail to raise their collective voices against the outrageous, ignorant statements and antics of Supervisor Delgaudio. I challenge them to do as I’ve done: visit Supervisor Delgaudio’s Public Advocacy website (www.publicadvocateusa.org) and read his statement and the articles from his organization that have caused the Southern Policy Law Center to designate his organization a hate group. Supervisor Delgaudio’s Public Advocacy Organization now shares that designation with such organizations as the “Nation of Islam” and the “American Nazi Party.”

Sadly I’ve come to believe that Supervisor Delgaudio has neither the capacity to comprehend why his behavior is so harmful, nor what an embarrassment he is to Loudoun County; and we should all question if he even has the humanity to care. Thus, unlike others, I’m not calling on Supervisor Delgaudio to resign. Instead, this letter appeals to members of the LCRC who may share some of Supervisor Delgaudio’s policy beliefs but certainly do not share his highly inappropriate statements or support his outrageous behavior. This letter is directed to Treasurer Roger Zurn, Gary Clemens, Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz, Delegate Randy Minchew, Delegate Tag Greason, the LCRC supervisors and any member of the LCRC who hold their breath when Supervisor Delgaudio opens his mouth, and silently cringe at the ignorance that so freely falls from his lips. While I don’t often agree with the LCRC on policy issues, I do have respect for many of their members, thus expect more from them than silence. To the LCRC I say, you are better than then your silence suggests.

If you are an LCRC member or a constituent of Supervisor Delgaudio who practices the art of dismissing Supervisor Delgaudio’s stunningly inappropriate behavior with the blow-off statement “That’s just Eugene being Eugene,” at what point will you say “ENOUGH.” Mr. Zurn, Mr. Clemens, Mr. Wertz, Mr. Minchew, Mr. Greason, LCRC supervisors and members … the time has come.

Let us remember that hate in all forms in dangerous and unacceptable. Please don’t dismiss this particular form of hate because it wears an orange hat and has a goofy grin. As a county and as people perhaps it is time for us to heed the words of Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Loudoun, it is time for us to say ENOUGH.

Phyllis Randall
Lansdowne, VA

Ann October 01, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Thank you, Phyllis!
joe brewer October 01, 2012 at 11:35 AM
If he does something egregious enough to defeat him in court as in copyrighted pictures then nail his a$$ otherwise he can say anything he dam well pleases or are we banning free speech like the Muslims want to do? Stunningly inappropriate behavior to you is not quite the same for me, on the other end of the spectrum you calling for him to be dismissed for speaking his mind offends me. Consider that he is the court jester and mostly foolish until laws are broken let him rant! Enough
Elizabeth Amy Miller October 01, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Of course he has the right to free speech, but freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism, and there comes a point where the deafening silence from his party and from his constituents indicates agreement with him. Do you, Joe Brewer, agree with what Mr. Delgaudio spouts? Do you agree with how he's treated his staff? If not, say so, loudly and clearly.
joe brewer October 01, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I guess I just can't hear as well as you. What is the line or point when someone comes into agreement with another? Is the a demarcation point so i know? I don't know how he treated his staff but he has every right to spout his nonsense unless it hurts someone.
RD Pierce October 01, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Excellent letter Phyllis. You left off one important person, Rep. Frank Wolf; Wolf regularly endorses Sup. Delgaudio every chance he gets.
Stevens Miller October 01, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I dont know if joe brewer can hear well or not, but he needs to work on reading. To the author, he says, "you calling for him to be dismissed for speaking his mind offends me." And yet, what the letter clearly says is, "I’m not calling on Supervisor Delgaudio to resign." When our local government is mostly in the hands of Republicans (in particular, when our county supervisors are, as Chairman York innocently called them, "a board united"), it is doubly incumbent upon them to display the integrity demanded by their offices via keeping their own house clean. One can imagine the criticism that would rightly and loudly be aimed at anyone who has done what Eugene Delgaudio has done, from across the line between the parties. Such criticism would flow either way, as it should in a case like this. Yet neither Mr. York, nor one anyone else in the Republican party, has a word of redress for a man who has clearly abused the public trust. Why not? Is Eugene Delgaudio so important to the political welfare of Loudoun's Republican electeds that even this gets (yet another) pass? Maybe the Republican inner circle still reveres him, but the greater community does not. Mr. York, put your faith in your constituents, the people of Loudoun county. Whatever harm Eugene can do in the limited confines of the LCRC, the voters will overwhelm it if you simply take a stand against him. Scott, it's time.
Donna Parker Gavan October 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Would someone please post a link to Mr. Delgaudio's remarks? As the above link does not. Also, a link for the SPLC in relation to the subject would be appreciated.
joe brewer October 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Has it been proven that he has abused the public trust or is this a claim by a disgruntled worker? What does enough mean then scotty
Dusty Smith (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 04:03 PM
This article provides a link to the Post story, which has comments from Delgaudio, as well as a link to his response online. http://ashburn.patch.com/articles/dems-delgaudio-respond-to-wp-article
Marcus Aurelius October 02, 2012 at 05:29 AM
If Joe doesn't think Eugene Delgaudio's screaming "fire" in the crowded theater of Loudoun is hurtful, then I'm sure he is also accepting of Eugene McCarthy's hateful spew. Joe, there IS a line of demarcation. It's up to you to notice it.
joe brewer October 02, 2012 at 10:47 AM
@Marcus Eugene has the right to make stupid comments as you do, until a law is broken as in inciting a riot, using campaign funds for private use, selling his vote, using copyrighted material without permission or using county employees for soliciting money for his campaigns he can spot his gibberish about gays. It appears a little reverse sensitivitie training is in order!

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