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    Sterling group forms to petition for Delgaudio’s removal

    As Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York has said, if his colleague on the board, the controversial Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) is going to be removed from office, it's going to be up to the people of Sterling to do it.

    Noted, Chairman York.

    A group of Sterling voters this week launched SterlingDeservesBetter.com, a website aimed at petitioning for Delgaudio's displacement from office by exposing allegations that he misused his county office for political fundraising. The site also highlights Delgaudio's role as president and founder of Public Advocate of the United States, an organization that claims to promote traditional family values but has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay hate group.

    Organized by Sterling Democrats, as well as “other residents of the Sterling District who believe Sterling is not being served by its unethical supervisor,” the site also lists step-by-step directions for how the district's voters can recall their representative on the county's governing body.

    SterlingDeservesBetter states “a circuit court can remove an elected officer for neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties when that neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office."

    The group aims to collect double the 540 required signatures for the petition to be considered by a judge.

    “The petition will be presented to a judge who will be required to provide a legal justification as to why Eugene Delgaudio should not be removed from office. If the judge cannot provide such justification, recall procedures will move forward,” SterlingDeservesBetter reads.

    Delgaudio, who was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1996, has been the targeted by several media reports over the past year, including a Washington Post expose, for questionable fundraising tactics using Loudoun County offices and personnel.

    Earlier this week, a story in the Post claimed a grand jury is being convened by Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos to examine evidence of Delgaudio's office misconduct. Stamos was tapped in late 2012 to lead a special investigation into Delgaudio's actions.

    "I have long thought that Supervisor Delgaudio’s actions were worse than improper – probably illegal – despite Chairman York’s statements to the contrary," Evan Macbeth, chairman of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee (LCDC), said in a prepared statement Feb. 13. "I am glad to see that Ms. Stamos is taking the matter seriously and using all the tools at her disposal to fully investigate the matter.

    " ... the LCDC remains committed to working with all like-minded residents of Sterling and Loudoun to ensure that the people of Sterling have responsive, honest and effective representation on the Board of Supervisors,” Macbeth said.


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    Comments

    “Look the guy used county resources for his private business”

    So, shall we indict you for leaking the Grand Jury testimony? Oh, that’s right…they just convened…


    Interesting comment, Dan P. After writing my response, I thought about it and guessed that you might have counted the Shahriari votes toward Nevarez, meaning that had he not be the third candidate the race would have been much closer.

    While the total may have been closer in a two-man race, I agree with your indication that some (and I think probably a lot)of the Shahriari voters would have stayed home, had he not been in the race.

    I volunteered at the polls that day at the same precint that Shahriari’s father was working. Nearly everybody who approached him with support appeared to be Arab, mostly Arab men. My point is that Shahriari was much more effective at mobilizing Sterling’s sizable Arab community, than he was a peeling off anti-Delguadio votes. (That’s not to say that an affinity voter can’t also be a protest voter, but I’m doubting that’s the case here.)

    As I said in a previous post, nobody in LC politics is undefeatable. And judging by Delguadio’s impressive fundraising, he knows that more than anybody. But Delguadio has worked hard and personally helped a lot of people during his 4? terms in office. And it will take a lot more than a few fencesitters having a change of heart to defeat him.


    Hi, Chris:

    Good feedback. Yes, these were the numbers I used, too. I was looking at it slightly different, though. I combined the votes of Nevarez and Shahriari. In other words, though 2835 voted for Delgaudio, (2005+470 =) 2475 voted against him. This is a difference of 360 votes.

    There’s no question that we could debate whether those votes for Shahriari would have all gone for the Democratic candidate. Maybe some of them would have stayed home. However, they definitely didn’t vote for Delgaudio. I suspect at least some of them would have gone against Delgaudio if Shahriari were not an option. Thus my assertion that it may not have been the runaway that the raw numbers make it appear.

    At the same time, I could be completely wrong here. It’s possible that all of Shahriari voters would have voted for Delgaudio had he not been an option (making the situation more dire for the D’s). This doesn’t seem intuitive to me, though. Shahriari’s campaign materials appeared to be light in content, but they didn’t sound like they were Delgaudio’s brand of politics to me.

    I think that the Democrats have an opening coming in 2015, but they have to play their cards right to rally the base and alert moderates at the right time.


    Eugene, Marion Barry use to use youth job fairs for political cover too. 

    Is this a coincidence or something you learned over the years?


    Mrs. Munsey, are you still a member of the Government Reform Commission working on behalf of the Board of Supervisors upon which Delgaudio currently (unfortunately) sits?


    Most Liberals, Conservatives and Independents might agree on the following

    Thank you.

    Spring Craft Show March 16—1000 expected

    Spring Craft & Vendor Show March 16, 10am-3pm Park View High School 400 West Laurel Ave. Sterling, Va. 20164 Over 60 artisan & local businesses. Free admission.

    Proceeds benefit Park View Project Grad & Park View Choral Boosters


    Teen Job Fair March 16—1500 teens projected

    Save the Date, Saturday March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Claude Moore Community Center on Cascades Parkway.

    That’s the date for Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s Fifth Annual Teen Job Fair. Let me know if you can volunteer and let me know if you want to hire teens. One new company that prepares food wants to hire 1500 teens for the summer just ten minutes from Sterling.

    VOLUNTEER TODAY PLEASE. OR SPONSOR A TABLE NOW.


    Boy Scouts and High School Sports Teams Selling Mulch

    Along with hundreds of Boy Scouts, here come The Park View Football and Boy’s Basketball Team for their 3rd Annual Mulch Sale Fundraiser.

    The sports teams will distribute flyers all throughout Sterling on Saturday, February 23 and Saturday, March 2. On these dates we will need Parents, Players, Volunteers, and Coaches to help pass out and sell mulch to homes in the community.
    Delivery is expected April 13.


    “He only won by 400 votes or so last time.”

    I’m not sure where you got your numbers from, Dan P. Are you sure they were from the most recent election?

    This is what I have:
    Delgaudio 2835 51%
    Nevarez 2005 36%
    Shahriari 470 9 %
    Total 5571 cast including blank and write-in ballots.

    This shows Delgaudio winning by more than 800 votes over Democrat Al Nevarez. 51% to 36% isn’t particularly close, not to mention that he won all nine precincts.

    While nobody is unbeatable, defeating Delgaudio at the ballot box will take significantly more than shifting a handful of swing votes. And this uphill battle might be why we see so many Delgaudio opponents focusing their attention on places other than the ballot box.


    Most Liberals, Conservatives and Independents might agree on the following

    Thank you.

    Spring Craft Show March 16—1000 expected

    Spring Craft & Vendor Show March 16, 10am-3pm Park View High School 400 West Laurel Ave. Sterling, Va. 20164 Over 60 artisan & local businesses. Free admission.

    Proceeds benefit Park View Project Grad & Park View Choral Boosters


    Teen Job Fair March 16—1500 teens projected

    Save the Date, Saturday March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Claude Moore Community Center on Cascades Parkway.

    That’s the date for Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s Fifth Annual Teen Job Fair. Let me know if you can volunteer and let me know if you want to hire teens. One new company that prepares food wants to hire 1500 teens for the summer just ten minutes from Sterling.

    VOLUNTEER TODAY PLEASE. OR SPONSOR A TABLE NOW.


    Boy Scouts and High School Sports Teams Selling Mulch

    Along with hundreds of Boy Scouts, here come The Park View Football and Boy’s Basketball Team for their 3rd Annual Mulch Sale Fundraiser.

    The sports teams will distribute flyers all throughout Sterling on Saturday, February 23 and Saturday, March 2. On these dates we will need Parents, Players, Volunteers, and Coaches to help pass out and sell mulch to homes in the community.
    Delivery is expected April 13.

    This Sterling American is posted at
    http://joineugene.com/news/article.php?article=8315


    Look the guy used county resources for his private business.  I’m pissed.  He broke the law.  Lets see what the Grand Jury finds.  Anyway it happens he needs to go.

    People of Sterling and Loudoun deserve better.


    There is plenty of justification for Sterling to kick this guy out of office.  They don’t need a grand jury indictment or a criminal conviction to think Delgaudio is unfit for office.  The more heat this guy receives the better.  I applaud anyone’s initiative to expose this lunatic.

    More people need to consider the mind of someone who can write this bag of tales:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/65690815/DelguadioEmail

    Eugene you can thank me for promoting your cause, doubt it will raise much money but heck it must work for you somehow.


    As usual, the culprit is voter turnout.  2011 we saw all GOP wins with a 28% turnout.  75% turnout last fall and Obama and Kaine are winners.  Which do you think is a better representation of Loudoun’s political leaning?  It may not be accurate to call it “blue”, but it certainly isn’t folks like Eugene, Dick Black, and Randy Minchew. 

    Unfortunately people have short memories and are too lazy to get out and vote.


    Dan P makes a great point, he barely won the last election and more people than ever know what he is really like now. I doubt he will win again. If I lived over there instead of Ashburn I would run against him as another republican who does not hate anyone.


    I’m a Sterling resident, and no fan of Delgaudio. I found his write-up on hate in his most recent community newsletter laughable. There’s no question in my mind that Delgaudio holds a large amount of hate in his heart when it comes to gay people. The Post has a great article of him outside the SEC in Washington last summer “singing a song about keeping gays out of the Boy Scouts”. This is just one example. No hate? Give me a break.

    However, I think this is a bit premature and shows poor strategy. He hasn’t been convicted of anything yet. Without that, how can the organization prove any of the conditions contained in the law? The website documents several “alleged” violations, but these haven’t been substantiated yet. I don’t think I could sign the petition without a conviction. Once there is one, though, I’d definitely sign it.

    If I were them, I’d wait to do this until closer to election time. He only won by 400 votes or so last time. Imagine rallying the voters with this at crunch time! That being said I suppose that this effort, even if it fails, will continue to inform Sterling residents what he stands for. Perhaps he won’t be re-elected next time.


    yes, lol, it does say Sterling Democrats.  The registrant is a Democrat, but from Leesburg, and the communications director of the local committee, so it would appear to be a county Democrat effort.  But that’s immaterial—unless convicted, it isn’t up to the judge to prove their case for them in a recall.


    The article even says the group was “Organized by Sterling Democrats,....”  So what, Barbara ?  You think the Repubs are gonna clean their own house and vice versa ?


    They may want to check their premise—if he is not convicted of something, then I believe the burden of proof is on the petitioners to show why he SHOULD be removed, as opposed to on the judge to “provide a legal justification as to why Eugene Delgaudio should not be removed from office. If the judge cannot provide such justification, recall procedures will move forward.”

    Umm, the petitioners are already doing a recall, by submitting their petition.  And then, right back to the beginning, if he is not convicted of a felony etc…..

    The registrant of the website is a Leesburg resident, but they are the communications director of the LCDC, so that makes sense.

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