Monthly Archives: July 2013

Delgaudio’s calculated looniness

Everyone’s favorite orange-hatted self-hating homophobe Republican county supervisor, Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), has been in full loony mode the past few days, hoping to salvage his political career.

Delgaudio campaigning for York, back when they were happy

Delgaudio campaigning for York, back when they were happy together

Even Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) and the rest of the all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors seem to be dimly awakening to the fact they will need to at least pretend to do something in response to the now-undeniable evidence that Delgaudio committed egregious ethical misconduct, financial finagling, misuse of office, and violations of the county’s code of conduct.

In anticipation of the July 17 supervisors’ meeting at which they have promised — at long last — to take the matter up, Delgaudio is rolling out the antics that have served him so well throughout his political career, issuing strange and personal accusations not only about his critics, but also including York himself among his targets.

Delgaudio’s apparently been e-mailing what remains of the local media to share his special take on things. The Loudoun Times-Mirror reports that not only did Delgaudio compare one of his critics to Hitler and Saddam Hussein, but launched into some weird rant about commuter parking lots and York, alleging, “York is a hypocritical bully who opposes commuter lots for poor people while supporting Metro and giant truck highways for air cargo.” Continue reading

The arrogance of power (Scott York department)

Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) is being called out by some of the more grown-up members of his party over the bullying, threatening message he had his aide read to the Leesburg Town Council recently about the Outer Beltway project he’s been trying to shove down the throats of residents. Continue reading

Weasel words from the Board on Delgaudio

Still marveling at the weasel words, logical contortions, shuffling evasions, lame excuses, and defensive temporizing that has characterized the all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors’ response to date to the now-irrefutable evidence of fraudulent financial finagling and ethical misconduct by fellow GOP supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling).

We’re still waiting for any of the supervisors, Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) in particular, to utter a simple, clear, statement of moral condemnation of Delgaudio.

For almost a year now we’ve had excuse upon excuse for inaction. Continue reading

Elephant in the room? What elephant?

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Scott York and friend

The all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors, which bows to no one when it comes to ethics, at last had something to say about fellow supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s repeatedly proven peccadillos.

As we recall, it has been a mere 16 months since two of Delgaudio’s aides told Chairman Scott York (R) about Delgaudio’s misuse of office for personal gain and provided solid documentary evidence of the same, nine months since the Washington Post broke the story after York did his best to squelch the evidence, eight months since the Board abruptly canceled its own hastily-ordered “investigation” of the matter, and two full weeks since the special grand jury investigating Delgaudio issued an almost unprecedented report concluding that Delgaudio committed a “direct violation” the county’s code of conduct, repeatedly used his county-paid staff to engage in political fundraising which would have been an indictable felony but for a bizarre loophole in Virginia law that exempts county supervisors, and quite probably accepted large unreported cash campaign contributions.

So after months of saying nothing the Board finally spoke! The occasion was the very end of the Board’s July 3 business meeting; vice chairman Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run), with rich humor and originality, brought the subject up by referring to “the elephant in the room.”

They all then proceeded to make sanctimonious speeches in which they referred to everything but elephants: Continue reading

Our God-given Supervisors

And on this 4th of July, let us remember as Americans that the Founding Fathers 237 years ago never foresaw the day when two-bit local elected politicians would spend taxpayer money and inordinate amounts of their time sending out identical e-mail newsletters plugging  local businesses (who also just happen to have been major campaign contributors — e.g. Loudoun Hounds, One Loudoun), promoting quack medical testing, sanctimoniously taking credit for community activities and charitable good works in which they have no responsibility or involvement whatsoever, and condescendingly informing us that the 4th of July is very important because it is about Freedom and History and the Founding Fathers.

As Supervisor Suznne Volpe (R-Algonkian) tells us today, in words that will no doubt be immortalized alongside those of Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and Washington:

“Freedom is not something that was given to us. It is a God-given right.”

Which was not given to us, remember.