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Keeping up with the latest Delgaudio-isms

Keeping up with the bizarre utterances and antics of perennially ethically challenged Loudoun Republican Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) would of course be a full time job even in normal times, but he’s been on a real roll the last few days that’s made it a special challenge.

As a public service, we’ll offer just the highlights:

Eugene claims Pope Francis as “facebook friend”

On Eugene’s “Public Advocate” website on February 25, Eugene posted a press release with the headline “Pope Francis ‘Friends’ Eugene Delgaudio Heavenly Vision About Internet,” and concluding with the boast, “It is a wonderful thing to have God’s top leader as a facebook friend.”

You have to read the release pretty carefully to discover, however, that the sum total of the basis for Eugene’s assertion of electronic buddy status with His Holiness is that (a) the pope said the other day that the Internet is a “gift from God” and (b) Eugene said sort of the same thing back in 1999.

• Eugene says he hasn’t “seen or spoken with” Donny Ferguson since 2007 . . . just possibly a lie

Eugene has managed to infuriate many otherwise kindred right-wing homophobic tea party “Christian” nut cases in Texas by mailing out dirty-trick literature on behalf of right-wing homophobic tea party “Christian” nut case U.S. Senate candidate Steve Stockman that dumps on other right-wing homophobic tea party “Christian” nut case candidates running in the Republican primary. The fact that former Delgaudio aide and acolyte Donny Ferguson is Stockman’s spokesman did not escape the notice of the right-wing Texas crowd, who have raised accusations of improper and possibly illegal coordination between Delgaudio’s nonprofit and a political campaign. One irked Texas right-wing “Christian” nut case has now sent out a Twitter feed featuring a phone interview he did with Delgaudio the other day in which he asked Delgaudio point blank about his connection with Donny. Delgaudio is heard on the recording asserting, “I haven’t seen or spoken to Donny Ferguson since 2007.” This might just possibly be untrue, given that Donny has been continuously doing paid work for Eugene in the years since, receiving tens of thousands of dollars (a lot of it at taxpayer expense) to produce Eugene’s “news[sic]letters” and postcard mailings.

Maybe some intern did it

Delgaudio’s boyish attorney Charlie King announced with great fanfare today that, in connection with Eugene’s upcoming court case in which he is facing removal from office for corruption and misuse of office for private gain, he is seeking to subpoena the Southern Poverty Law Center, which labeled Eugene’s Public Advocate anti-gay organization a “hate group.”

Stunts like this are of course part and parcel of Delgaudio’s venerable strategy of trying to distract attention from the substance of the corruption charges against him and to claim that he is merely being picked on by the vast left-wing conspiracy.

But even by Eugene’s standards, the “logic” of this subpoena, which is seeking all documentation surrounding the SPLC’s hate group designation, is a marvel of legal reasoning. To quote Attorney King: “Was the SPLC’s decision to name Pubic Advocate a hate group made reluctantly, after careful study, or did some intern decide to send out a press release? This is an important question.”

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More political dirty tricks from that dynamic duo, Donny and Eugene

Let’s see, where have we heard this before . . . former Eugene Delgaudio acolyte Donny Ferguson denies any possible coordination between (a) a dirty-trick political hit piece from an “independent” “educational” group and (b) the campaign of the opposing candidate who benefits from said dirty trick?

Well, first it was in Montana. Then it was in Colorado. Then in our very own Loudoun County.

Now it’s in Texas, where former Delgaudio aide Donny (he sure gets around!) is working as spokesman for the primary campaign of tea party wacko Steve Stockman, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. senator John Cornyn.

This time the roles are slightly reversed, though: it’s Eugene supplying the dirty tricks and Donny saying he knows absolutely nothing about it — Continue reading

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Delgaudio (and his fellow crooks and clowns)

Last September, perennially ethically challenged GOP Loudoun supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) apologized to the Republican Party for the “embarrassment he had caused” and agreed to accept the unanimous censure of his ethical and financial violations adopted by the all-Republican Board of Supervisors.

Apparently, however, Eugene forgot to explain that the apology was also intended to cover “the embarrassment he will continue to cause.”

Over the last few days, Eugene has continued his non-stop media and fundraising blitz in which he has gone back to denying categorically that he could possibly have done anything wrong (so much for accepting the Board’s punishment, and so much for the special grand jury report which concluded he would have been indicted for misappropriation of public funds were it not for Virginia’s bizarre loophole that exempts “part-time” elected officials such as Eugene from the law).

This weekend, Delgaudio was running a Web ad that declared:

“THIS IS THE REAL STORY

“Public Advocate has been making major headlines lately as the Liberal Establishment goes all out to discredit me.

“They are trying to destroy my livelihood.

“They’d like to pretend that there are issues about me personally, but that’s not the real story.”

Eugene then goes on to explain that the “real story” is that “radical homosexuals” and “liberals” are out to get him. Continue reading

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Eugene Delgaudio: Just a simple con man at heart

Delgaudio, after being "pummeled by a rock" by a "pro-homosexual assailant"

Delgaudio, after being “pummeled by a rock” by a “pro-homosexual assailant”

One of the more remarkable lapses in the local media coverage of perennially ethically challenged Loudoun supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) is the way the press has bought into Delgaudio’s self-serving myth that he is a “conservative activist” or “pro-traditional family.” Delgaudio and his lawyer have repeatedly made the claim that it is these “controversial” political positions of his that is actually behind the effort of “liberals” to have him thrown out of office for corruption.

But the truth is that Delgaudio has never been a political activist: he has merely used politics as a stage to make money. His “Public Advocate of the United States,” a non-profit supposedly “educational” organization, takes in just over $1  million a year in donations. Yet it operates no actual programs, does not lobby on issues, does not in fact do anything but send out constant tearful fundraising appeals from Delgaudio warning about non-existent pieces of legislation (the “Gay Special Bill of Rights,” the “Homosexual Classrooms Act”) and, in the mode of sleazy TV preachers we all know and love, constantly warning that he “may be forced to shut down and close our doors forever”—unless the recipient sends $25 right away.

So what does he do with that cool million?

In 2011 Public Advocate paid to “Delgaudio & Associates,” an organization with exactly the same address as Public Advocate, $133,187 for “management.” (You can download a copy of Public Advocate’s 2011 IRS statement here). Continue reading

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Delgaudio recall is really about Obamacare, says GOP official

We were aware, of course, that all Republican officials have been instructed from party HQ, via the little transmitter implanted in their heads, to blame Obamacare for everything from athlete’s foot to flight delays, but we hadn’t realized just how far things had gone.

It turns out that if you naively believed that the current legal action to have perennially ethically challenged Loudoun supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) removed from office has anything to do with the little matter of his misappropriation of public funds for personal gain, his ordering government-paid employees to perform political fundraising for him, and various other ethical violations documented in a special grand jury investigation last year leading to the unanimous censure of Delgaudio by the fellow members of his all-Republican Board of Supervisors, you just don’t understand the real story.

According to the chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee, what this is really all about is . . . you’ll never guess!  . . . Obamacare!

Yes, here is the official response of LCRC chair Mark Sell Continue reading

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