Sterling group forms to petition for Delgaudio’s removal
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.