Tag Archives: Loudoun Library Board

Delgaudio: Curses, foiled again

In our last episode, having been caught in the act of deliberately hiding the notorious extremist background of the right-wing loony he secured an appointment for on the Loudoun Library Board of Trustees, right-wing loony supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) announced he was “withdrawing” the nomination and Board Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) told outraged constituents who contacted him that the Board would “rescind” the previously unanimously approved appointment at its next business meeting.

A little problem: under the Virginia statute governing library boards, a member of a library board may be removed only “for misconduct or neglect of duty by the governing body making the appointment” (Virginia Code 42.1-35). In other words, it looked like the Board was stuck with Delgaudio’s handpicked choice, one Andrew Beacham — known (now, thanks to the Washington Post‘s reporting) for tearing pages out of the Koran in front of the White House, being arrested for disrupting a Senate hearing, calling President Obama a serial killer, and issuing obscene and violent threats about gays and liberals.

But demonstrating what a political tool of Delgaudio he obviously was all along, Beacham last night obediently submitted his resignation, thus tidily resolving the embarrassment.

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What happens when you let the GOP run Loudoun

As noted the other day, Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R) has been trying hard to forget all of that late unpleasantness about not-technically-indicted fellow Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), quietly restoring Degaudio’s assignment to one of the Board’s committees, which had been taken away as punishment for the little matter of his misuse of office, finagling public funds for political activity, and abuse of staff.

York's new appointee to the Loudoun Library Board, demonstrating his support for the written word

York’s new appointee to the Loudoun Library Board, demonstrating his support for the written word

Through all those little difficulties last year, Delgaudio remained the darling of  the very far-out Tea Party crowd that runs the local Republican Party, and York seems eager to make amends now that bygone are bygones.

As reported first in the Washington Post this week, the love fest continues: York, at Delgaudio’s request, slipped into the we-don’t-even-need-to-have-a-vote-on-it “consent agenda” of the January 2 Board meeting the appointment of one Andrew Beacham to the Loudoun Library Trustees board as the Sterling District representative.

The 31-year-old Beacham, as the Post reported, has demonstrated his commitment to the written word, freedom of expression, and the advancement of literature by (a) standing in front of the White House and tearing pages out of the Koran to show his “support” for a Florida pastor who planned to burn copies of Korans in 2010; Continue reading

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Onward, Christian readers

What would our local Republican officials here in Loudoun County do without the resources of Purcellville’s Patrick Henry Bible College for Homeschooled Christians Who Subscribe to a Very Particular Statement of Biblical Literalism and Right-Wing Political Principles?

Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), apparently at a loss to find a qualified appointee from his own Catoctin District to name to the Library Board, luckily knew where to turn for help: his new appointee (who lives in Purcellville, not part of his district) is one Jackquelyn Veith . . . who just happens to be a senior administrator at Patrick Henry, though Geary did not bother mentioning that fact in his newsletter last week announcing the appointment. Continue reading

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