Tag Archives: Scott York

How to bungle an investigation

The very belated scramble last week by Loudoun prosecutor Jim Plowman (R, Needless to Say) to ask the Circuit Court to appoint a real special prosecutor to investigate Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) for criminal misuse of country staff, resources, and offices for private political fundraising activity is the latest twist in a bizarre series of cover-ups and bungling that has been going on since March. Continue reading

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A funny thing happened on the way to the political payoff

It turns out that not everyone in Loudoun County is as gaga in love with the Loudoun Hounds (or even their irresistible mascot “Fetch”) as Major Campaign Bucks Recipients Scott York (R), Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run), and the other grateful Republican officeholders who are rushing through an expedited special exception to allow the Hounds to change the location of their proposed very minor league stadium.

Among those distinctly unthrilled are the residents of five age-55+ communities within shouting distance of the new stadium location. They are so ticked off in fact, that they have organized a group called No Stadium on 7. Their website nostadiumon7.org has already posted some terrific information Continue reading

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Learning from the master of corrupt politics himself

Delgaudio’s youthful protege Donny Ferguson

NOTE: broken link to the PBS story below now fixed.

Donny Ferguson, former aide to as yet unindicted Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), is the subject of a fascinating investigative story by PBS Frontline showing how Donny has applied the lessons of dirty politics, smear campaigns, and dubiously legal fundraising pioneered by his mentor Delgaudio.

Donny, as many Loudoun residents know, is the mastermind of periodic sleazy robocalls which attempt to spread dirt on candidates just before an election. Because his “American Tradition Partnership” claims to be a “social welfare non-profit” organization, it is allowed only to “educate” voters on “issues,” not endorse candidates. It is illegal for such organizations to coordinate with campaigns.

During the supervisor elections in Loudoun last fall, Donny was however blatantly coordinating with the successful campaign of Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), Continue reading

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Let the whitewashing commence!

The Delgaudio scandal, cont.

It’s always good to touch base with the fundamentals, so amid all the smokescreens and coming whitewash “independent investigation” (by someone who will report to the county attorney who in turn reports to the Board of Supervisors), and all the solipsistic assertions about “innocent until proven guilty,” let’s try to remember what has already been admitted on the record by the perpetrator himself and confirmed in documents and e-mails: Continue reading

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Profiles in cowardice

The most remarkable thing about the sight this week of the entire roster of the Republican elected officials of Loudoun County simultaneously covering their posteriors  as they went into full damage control mode over the Delgaudio scandal was the failure of a single one of them to even say boo to the completely unhinged tirade that Eugene himself launched into from the dais Wednesday night.

For those just joining us, Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) has long gotten away with running his job as a county supervisor as a mere extension of his extremely lucrative pseudo-lobby — which personally earns him at least $150,000 a year by pushing the buttons and rattling the cages, and thereby opening the wallets, of right-wing paranoiacs whom Delgaudio riles up with warnings that the “radical homosexuals” have a secret plan to take over Congress, invade your schools, snatch your children, and cause county supervisors to lose their minds.

At least two former county aides of his have now come forward with wholly credible testimonyand evidence — including e-mails and other documents — showing that Delgaudio required them to spend most of their time, at public expense, soliciting large donors for his private causes and his political campaigns. At least two conservative Republican potential donors who were approached have spoken on the record and confirmed Delgaudio’s actions as well. The documents show that Delgaudio had his county-paid aides report to his outside outfit (“Public Advocate”), that he ordered them to spend most of their time developing and calling lists of potential large donors, and that he offered a “cash bonus” to aides who were particularly successful at reeling in big donors.

So what did our fearless Board of Supervisors and its fearless Chairman Scott York (R-Kincora) do this week about it?

First, they all went on at great length piously informing us that their colleague is “innocent until proven guilty.”

Scott York, however, took the prize in pious evasion:

* He lamented how bad it is that mere “perceptions become reality”;

* that it was up to the voters of Sterling to elect someone else if they felt their supervisor “was not representing them”;

* that because the staff aides who complained (and in the case of at least one, was then fired in retaliation) are not covered by the “county grievance policy” there wasn’t really anything that could be done about Degaudio’s abuse of his staff.

Then in what was a big yuck for the rest of the Board, giving them a chance to show how seriously they take the entire matter, York suggested that if an investigation showed Delgaudio had violated county ethics policy by engaging in political fundraising on public time and expense, then the Board could sanction him by removing his committee assignments, but that this would be a “reward” instead of a “punishment.” (Big laugh from rest of all-Republican Board.)

Most incredibly, not one member of the Board had the guts even to challenge Delgaudio’s bizarre rant in which he claimed that his problems were all the fault of liberals who hate Christianity and kids’ football; the Washington Post, which is out to get him him because he “ignores” the paper; and a shadowy army advancing directly on the Sterling District of Loudoun County, Virginia, itself: “The suicide bombers of the political left pull their own rings on their detonation devices as they advance on me, and Sterling, and all honest-to-God conservatives,” Delgaudio revealed.

Delgaudio concluded with words that will no doubt be quoted by schoolchildren of the future generations studying great moments in American political history:

“I stand as a small David against the foul-smelling, decaying corpse of the Washington Post”

You’d think just maybe one of the other eight might have suggested to him that just possibly he owes the people of Loudoun County a slightly more relevant response to the credible allegations of malfeasance of office that have been made by multiple credible witnesses, including his own former aides and several conservative Republicans, rather than blaming the media, liberals, unnamed forces, godless atheists, and evil football-haters.

Of course, Chairman York, who is in a very “blames-others” mode right now himself, added his own two cents, square with Eugene, hinting this was all just political. This is a verbatim quotation from the web cast of the Board meeting Wednesday night.

Take it away, Chairman York:

I know there’s a lot of focus on the current member of the BOS.  And why it’s coming from a particular party of the opposite.
There have been abuses of other members of the previous board.  I was never in favor of [Supervisor Jim] Burton’s plan to allow staff to allow his staff to telecommute.  It’s very dangerous to allow staff to work off site.  . . . They should spend time in offices upstairs or in events of the county, or in meetings with Board members with community leaders or citizens.  The Board needs to tighten things up.

Thus speaks a moral midget.

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