Scathing account from Delgaudio aide released
A new political action committee taking aim at Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) was granted access to an eight-page statement from a former Delgaudio aide in Loudoun County General District Court Wednesday.
But it’s nothing the group, Read Advocate PAC, didn’t already have. And it’s not the only document they’re after.
Real Advocate, formed less than two weeks ago to reveal, among other things, what it sees as the truth surrounding the controversial Delgaudio, is seeking to make public any and all records relating to the complaint from the Delgauido aide, Donna Mateer. The eight-page document, which Real Advocate representatives had received previously from the Arlington and Loudoun Commonwealth attorneys, is a first-hand account from Mateer listing severe concerns and allegations against the Sterling supervisor.
Delgaudio is under fire after a series of investigative reports, including from the Times-Mirror, The Washington Post and LGBTQ Nation magazine, that alleged Delgaudio directed Mateer and other staff aids to raise funds for political elections, an action that goes against county policy.
But the account from Mateer released Wednesday went further, claiming Delgaudio was prone to verbal abuse against his aides, his colleagues on the board and various minorities.
The document, which in March passed through the hands of board Chairman Scott York (R-At Large), County Attorney Jack Roberts, Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney James Plowman and Arlington Commonwealth Attorney Theophani Stamos, claims Delgaudio was obsessed with the compilation and care of the “Igor” list, which was used to make appointments with potential political donors.
“Nothing was to take me away from the my Igor list project,” Mateer states.
Delgaudio “constantly put the other aides down verbally, the other supervisors down as well,” she goes on to note.
Mateer’s recount is expansive in its details of Delgaudio as an elected official, claiming the supervisor said he “didn’t have time for any of that” when it came to representing the people and the area they live in.
Referring to the other Loudoun supervisors, Mateer said Delgaudio commented they “were all idiots.”
“He told me that due to their political views, they were all idiots, and he was the only hope for Loudoun County,” Mateer states.
Mateer says Delgaudio was “extremely against homosexuals” and he “spoke about them with extreme hatred.”
“He also made racial remarks about Asian people, making fun of the way they speak, mimicking them. He called them names, as well as he did with Hispanic people and black people,” Mateer notes.
Compounding matters, the Sterling supervisors in his day job serves as the president of Public Advocate of the United States, a Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)-designated “hate group.” SPLC claims Public Advocate targets and ridicules the gay population.
Real Advocate officials also make claims Delgaudio used his office to fill the coffers of Public Advocate, through which Delgaudio takes a salary.
An obvious play on Delgaudio’s group, Real Advocate is composed of former Loudoun County Supervisor Stevens Miller, who was elected as a Democrat and is the lawyer for the organization, and Miller’s wife Liz. Local gay activists David and Jonathan Weintraub are also officers within the Real Advocate.
The political action group is also pushing for Delgaudio’s current colleagues on the board take action against Delgaudio by at the very least stripping him of his duties on board committees, and potentially calling for him to step down.
Liz Miller, who filed a Freedom of Information Act request Oct. 17 to Chairman York for information relating to the Delgaudio investigation, admitted her original request was perhaps too vague to receive all the supporting documents Real Advocate believes the chairman has in relation to the Delgaudio-Mateer case.
“I needed to be more broad,” Miller said Wednesday.
Stevens Miller claims York “has had piles of paper from Donna Mateer” beyond her initial eight-page statement for months. “But he only gave her statement to the commonwealth’s attorney,” Miller said.
“We’ll see that the rest of the evidence comes out, no matter how hard his board tries to whitewash the record.”
The Loudoun board has voted to hire an outside investigator to look into the allegations brought against Delgaudio, although Delguadio’s name was included in the official motion. Delgaudio also sits on the committee that is looking into implementing new county aide policies.
Miller said previously the board’s investigation is “an obvious attempt at a cover-up by an all-Republican board.”
“Real investigations name a subject, specify charges, and set forth deadlines. This board didn’t do any of that,” he said.
On Oct. 17, York said that specifics of the vote to investigate Delgaudio were not revealed because County Attorney Jack Roberts was tasked with hiring an outside investigator and details at the time of the vote were not available.
” … It’s not a sham. We’re investigating the matter and proceeding forward and if [Delgaudio] is guilty I’ll be the harshest one to come down on him,” York said.
-Assistant Editor Crystal Owens contributed to this report