Within the past five days, Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio has compared a former opponent to Adolf Hitler and called board Chairman Scott York a “hypocritical bully."
On the July 4 holiday, Delgaudio (R-Sterling) provided email commentary on the previous night's board meeting during which several speakers attacked the Sterling supervisor for his alleged use of county resources for political fundraising.
In the email, Delgaudio says his former opponent, Al Nevarez, “is like Adolph [sic] Hitler in WWII or similar to Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War claiming the Coalition Forces were not fighting for freedom. Extremely twisted.”
Responding Tuesday to Delgaudio's comments, Nevarez said he doesn't want the conversation to be framed around him and Delgaudio.
“I'd prefer to have it that everyone understands how Sterling is being under-served and Loudoun County in general is being dis-served by having someone so corrupt,” Nevarez said.
“That said, it's pretty outrageous to have these comparisons out there,” he added. “… comparing someone to Adolf Hitler is incredibly offensive to those who were victims or families of victims. It's incredibly disrespectful.”
Nevarez was one of seven speakers July 3 who specifically addressed Delgaudio during the board's public comment. Nevarez, who lost to Delgaudio in the 2011 election, called the supervisor a “criminal.”
“You must just not have any shame in your body whatsoever,” Nevarez said to Delgaudio, a recent subject of a special grand jury investigation. “It's embarrassing. We're tired of it … At some point you have to feel it in your body that what you do is wrong. You dis-serve our government. You dis-serve your country. Take that flag [lapel pin] off, you don't deserve to where it. You're a criminal.”
Days later, on July 7, Delgaudio touched on state Del. Tim Hugo's comments about York (R-At Large). Hugo, also a Republican, said York should resign from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority because of comments York made -- via his legislative aide -- to Leesburg Town Council.
Delgaudio wrote: “York is hypocritical bully who opposes commuter lot for poor people while supporting Metro and giant truck highways for air cargo."
York on Tuesday said he doesn't need to respond to “the clown's comments.”
On the issue of the commuter lot, York said the county has traffic concerns in that area, given the lot is near two residential communities, which is why the opening has been delayed.
Delgaudio's emails, while using a “Sterling District” banner, are not from the Sterling supervisor's Loudoun County email address.
Delgaudio would not comment Tuesday on the "Hitler" email.
This story has been updated from an earlier version.