UPDATE: Political action committee sues for Delgaudio records
A political action committee on Wednesday filed a petition in Loudoun County Circuit Court, asking the court to order County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York to reveal documents that they say confirm Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio ordered former aides to assist in his campaign and fundraising activities in March 2011.
Elizabeth Miller, director of Real Advocate Political Action Committee, filed the request following a Washington Post article that claimed several former aides of the Republican supervisor said they believed they were tasked with unethical political duties while working for Delgaudio.
“Scott York had these items for months and did nothing with them. Suddenly, when the Post reports he has them, he orders up a closed-door, underfunded investigation, and refuses to reveal what he has,” Elizabeth Miller said in a prepared statement.
The Post story alleged the aides spent hours as county employees raising funds for Delgaudio’s political campaign.
Loudoun County policy dictates that political activity must not occur using county property or during county paid time, according to a county spokesperson.
County supervisors on Oct. 3 voted unanimously to hire an outside investigator at a price not to exceed $15,000 to look into the allegations against Delgaudio.
The vote came after York, Vice-Chairman Janet Clarke and County Administrator Tim Hemstreet requested that Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman investigate the allegations.
Plowman referred it to the Arlington commonwealth attorney to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. After review, the Arlington commonwealth attorney did not recommend pursuing charges against Delgaudio.
Elizabeth Miller is being represented by her husband Stevens Miller, an attorney and former Loudoun County supervisor.
Stevens Miller said in a prepared statement that the board’s Oct. 3 vote to investigate Delgaudio “is a sham.”
“That’s 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.
York said Wednesday 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.
Under Virginia law, the county has seven days to appear in court and show why the material Real Advocate has asked for should not be produced.
A hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24.
– Staff Writer Trevor Baratko contributed to this report.