Monthly Archives: November 2012

It could even happen in Loudoun

For Loudoun County voters fed up with their ethically challenged Board of Supervisors, here is another encouraging thought from last Tuesday’s election results . . . a story the New York Times ran the other day with this headline:

VOTERS OUST LAWMAKERS

ACCUSED OF ETHICS VIOLATIONS

It could even happen here!

And by 2015 the Board might even be finished with its investigation of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s financial finagling and misuse of county offices, staff, and money . . .

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See, Loudoun County does not have to have a bunch of crooks as supervisors

With a 75 percent turnout on Tuesday, Loudoun County went decisively for the Democratic candidates for president and U.S. Senate, Obama receiving 51.5% to Romney’s 47%,  Kaine 52.8% to Allen’s 46%.

A year ago, the all-Republican slate of supervisors whose corruption, mismanagement, incompetence, special-interest favoritism, and pro-developer backroom deals we are now enduring, was elected in a contest that brought out  28% of registered voters to the polls.

Moral of the story: We in Loudoun do not actually have to abandon our local government to the corrupt local Loudoun County Republican machine . . . if people actually vote!

Hope we can just possibly remember this three years from now. Or better, change Virginia’s antiquated system of off-year elections — a relic of Virginia’s racist Byrd machine that for decades actively discouraged voting, not only by African Americans, but by members of its own party who (horrors) came out for national elections to support those damned liberals like FDR, Truman, and LBJ, and thus could not be trusted to install the machine-picked candidates at the local level.

Circling the wagons

Real Advocate reports the latest development in the world’s slowest investigation of the blatant misuse of office by Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling): County Attorney Jack Roberts, who serves at the pleasure of Chairman Scott York (R) and the rest of the Board of Supervisors (R), has named as the “independent” counsel to investigate Delgaudio’s financial shenanigans the former associate general counsel of major contractor and the leading Republican donor to Scott York and the Loudoun Republican Party, Bill Dean (who is also an owner of the Loudoun Times-Mirror (R), formerly one of the world’s newspapers).

So the “independent” counsel Amy Hutchens reports to Roberts who reports to York who reports to Dean  . . . who was Hutchens’s old boss.

So much easier to work with people you know and trust.

 

More Delgaudio money laundering

Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), as we know, is now at last under (extremely slow) investigation for using his county office, staff, and budget to carry on his very lucrative trade in outside political lobbying activity — really pseudo-political money-generating that earns him $150,000+ a year by rattling the cages of homophobic rich right wing donors with mailings warning that e.g. (this is a direct quote) “The Radical Homosexuals infiltrating the United States Congress have a plan: Indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society.”

Delgaudio’s former aide Donny Ferguson, having learned at the knee of the master, as it were, has been running his own similar pseudo-lobby “American Tradition Partnership”; for a while, until they caught him at it, he was operating it right out of Delgaudio’s office himself.

However, Delgaudio is still enjoying a very cozy relationship with his protege, funneling county expense funds to Donny on a regular basis, Continue reading

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correct link to Frontline story on Donny

The post earlier today had a broken link to the PBS Frontline investigation of former Eugene Delgaudio aide Donny Ferguson’s sleazy political tactics and probable violations of campaign finance laws.

The correct link is:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/government-elections-politics/big-sky-big-money/mysterious-docs-found-in-meth-house-reveal-inner-workings-of-dark-money-group/