Delgaudio, Dems Respond to WP Article

Supervisor: story ‘filled with inaccuracies and half truths;’ LCDC: Delgaudio should step down.

Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) tends to welcome a little controversy, and this week’s stories in the Washington Post about him have him revved up.

On Sept. 26, the newspaper reported on its front page a story about work by a former aide for the supervisor that appeared to cross into his private and political activities. The Loudoun County supervisor has posted a response online.

“The Washington Post seems to have no idea what it takes to help a community like Sterling,” Delgaudio wrote. “This ‘attack, attack, attack’ is standard fare for liberals who hate conservatives."

Delgaudio seems to suggest that the Washington Post reporter persuaded the aide into believing the work she had done was illegal and that the reporter failed to do her job.

"The Washington Post article is filled with inaccuracies and half truths," he said in an emailed response to Patch. "There is nothing illegal or improper to attempt to raise money for various causes or a sports league based in Sterling."

But Delgaudio’s response does not address suggestions that meetings scheduled by the aide were used to raise campaign funds.

“I admit politics and fundraising efforts can be confusing, even for those of us who work at it,” he wrote in the online response.

Earlier this year, the Southern Poverty Law Center deemed Public Advocate of the United States — the nonprofit organization Delgaudio runs when not serving his districts — a hate group. Thursday the Washington Post reported on a lawsuit filed by a gay couple whose picture was used by Public Advocate in a anti-gay rights campaign mailers in Colorado.

Delgaudio is no stranger to controversy, often crying “hyperbole” when his words offend. But he nonetheless faces criticism head on. When question arise about whether the FBI is investigating the Loudoun officials, he’s been known to wear his own “FBI” hat, which he claims stands for “full-blooded Italian.”

The Loudoun County Democratic Committee called on Delgaudio to step down.

“He has proved himself unfit for office many times over, but these accusations remove any doubt,” an LCDC statement read. “The LCDC urges Chairman York, the other supervisors on the all-Republican Board, and other Republican leaders in the County, including Congressman Frank Wolf, to decry Delgaudio’s actions and to call for resignation.”

See the Loudoun Democrats' letter here.

See Delgaudio’s online reponse to the Washington Post story here.

David Weintraub September 28, 2012 at 03:06 PM
The task of an investigative journalist is to get at and report the truth. At times this involves the recognition that someone under investigation is lying. This is one of those times. If Mr. Delgaudio had instructed his aides to set up appointments with donors to a football league, the special secret google calendar created for that purpose would not be entitled “Eugene 2012 Campaign Schedule.” Mr. Delgaudio has a long track record of openly and brazenly lying to reporters. Just two recent examples: Last year, after an image he or one of his staffers had photoshopped to depict a pool of rainbow-colored blood in a doorway was exposed, he claimed to a Loudoun Times-Mirror reporter that the original image was his, and that someone else had photoshopped it to make it appear to be blood. That was shown to be a lie by a simple google images search. And in July of this year, Mr. Delgaudio claimed that his group was "not distributing" an illegally obtained and altered photograph when the image appears in at least two mailers sent by his group. He is now being sued for that misappropriation. It should by now be clear to all reporters who come into contact with this man that anything he tells them has zero credibility.
Erin September 28, 2012 at 07:51 PM
"Southern Poverty Law Center" and "Public Advocate of the United States"; two hate groups, just on different ends of the spectrum.
Vieslava Rutkowska September 29, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I think the only problem here is that Mr. Delgaudio's Public Advocate is openly against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender lifestyle. I can assure you that IF that part time aide was working for someone who does support LGBT lifestyle - like Dave Butler - it would NOT even be an issue; as a matter of fact, it would never end up on the FIRST page of the Washington Post. The liberal pro-LGBT activists simply cannot attempt to silence all politicians and people who are OPPOSED to LGBT lifestyle - this is a matter of personal conscience and individual morality. The last time I checked, Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association were protected by the First Amendment. Yet, some pro-LGBT activists and politicians - like Dave Butler - would like to make it ILLEGAL for a person to even think that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender lifestyle is WRONG. Their intent is to make it a CRIME for someone to be openly opposed to LGBT lifestyle. This is violating rights of many citizens, especially religious people and those who think LGBT lifestyle is immoral.
joe brewer September 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Thank you Erin, well said. A court jester Delguadio is, funny at time but more often then not just foolish. Entitled he is to his opinion but if you can prove misdeeds concerning the photos, nail his ass (pun intented)! It seems the todo over contributions to a football league have taken our eye off of the Babe Ruth 50k that was voted for. Or for that matter how about a complaint from York or any Supervisor about Reiley getting 300,000 dollars for 8 months of consulting work for the MWAA, throw in her benefits and you are over 10,000 dollars a week she cost us. Who does she think she is Romney?
MEG September 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM
If you take away all the extraneous chatter, the issue comes down to this: was a board aide (whose salary is paid by county taxpayers) engaged in campaign activities while using county resources (in the county office, using the county computer and phones, during government operation hours)? If she was, then it is a violation of election law, pure and simple. It seems clear to me (separate campaign schedule, the list from which she was calling, and the fact that neither she, nor the people who met with Sup. Delgaudio, even mentioned the football league) that this is the case, but it seems simple enough to check out. Perhaps the journalists could do more investigations. Talk to the football league to find out how much Sup. Delgaudio has raised for them or find out to whom the checks were made when his "donors' gave him the money. If the check was made out to his re-election campaign and deposited as such, you will have your answers. Frankly, I'm surprised that there is not more outrage at this misuse of county taxpayer funds.
David Frye September 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Hang in there Mr.Delgaudio.We all know the liberal press is all out to get all conservatives .The WP is a paper that is on its last breath,and we will be better off when it is gone!!!!
Shellie September 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Vote Barrack Hussein out. That's all that matters. Save our country.
Lisa C. September 29, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Yes, I agree with Shellie. We need to take our country back! If you love all that America was built on you will agree.
Vieslava Rutkowska September 29, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I agree, he should not violate election laws and use employees paid by the county taxpayers for fundraising. However, there is something called selective investigation, especially in gray areas. Questions: 1) How many other county politicians violate election laws??? 2) Was Delgaudio singled out because he openly opposes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender lifestyle and works for Public Advocate??? As for election laws, the federal law allows only $2,500 per individual.... however, many candidates - Romney and Gingrich, just to name a few - received huge contributions from their wealthy supporters. http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/pubfund.shtml#anchor688095 This is what I mean by selective investigation and singling out certain individuals. But I agree that just to prevent this type of investigation, Delgaudio should have been more vigilant and not bend the rules, especially knowing that Public Advocate is part of the equation. If you think part-time aide was worthy of the first page on TWP, than you should read this: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/right-wing-billionaires-behind-mitt-romney-20120524
Paul September 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Are you saying it is ok to violate the law, if the end result is a victory for the political party you support? Misuse of taxpayer funds is not something that matters? Frankly, that's pathetic. You put party loyalty above the law. You are putting the republican party above the USA. You need to take a close look at your priorities. If this individual has broken the law, he needs to take responsibility for that and accept the penalty. It is not confusing, it's not some insider secret that only seasoned political insiders comprehend. You can't use county resources or workers on your campaign. Even if your opponent is from the other party. There are good, law abiding, republicans out there who can replace Eugene. He is not the last chance. He certainly is not going to replace president Obama. A guy named Mitt Romney is trying to do that.
Shellie September 30, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Whatever dude, like I said, vote Obama out. It's not that hard.
Electorate.Me September 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
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mitch steele September 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM
This guy is a clown. Only thing funnier is the con's on here that blindly support him. If he used my tax dollars to run his campaign I want him out of office. If it has become an unwritten policy for the whole board to do the same they all need to go. Seems to be constant talk of attracting business to the county this guy cant be good for business for any of us.
Fionnuala Burk October 01, 2012 at 02:17 PM
"Ms. Rutkowska," or should I say Vivianne Rutkowski, the Realtor who was removed from Keller Williams for similar views to Delgaudio... once again, as in the numerous posts you made ago defending yourself, you're using a strawman argument. No one is trying to prevent anyone from thinking a certain way. The actions are what people are protesting.
Vieslava Rutkowska October 01, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Questions: 1) Was Delgaudio singled out because he openly opposes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender lifestyle and works for Public Advocate??? 2) Was the part-time former employee "coached" for the TWP interview???
Marcus Aurelius October 02, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Eugene Delgaudio is the 21st century version of a Jim Crow politician. He is racist, homophobic, and guilty of malfeasance. The residents of Loudoun County must rid themselves of this fetid anachronism of Virginia's oppressive history.
Vieslava Rutkowska October 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
The Radical Homosexuals infiltrating the United States Congress have a plan: Indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society. US Government should have NO AUTHORITY to force the Homosexual Agenda on the American people, much less their children. Please, take a few minutes to sign Protect our Children's Innocence Petition, or contact your Senator and Congressman and let them know that you OPPOSE "Student Non-Discrimination Act", which should be more-accurately named "Homosexual Classrooms Act": http://www.traditionalvalues.us/SNDApetition1.aspx?pid=f2f01
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