Tonight the Loudoun Board of Supervisors voted to censure Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, remove him from all committees for the remainder of his term, and remove all funds for his office and staff. His young aide, who has nothing to do with any allegations against Delgaudio, is out of a job. Citizens in the Sterling district will now have virtually no representation on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors.
Chairman Scott York has had a vendetta against Eugene Delgaudio since 2007 and all his dreams of removing Delgaudio from the board were close to being realized tonight. (Ignoring the fact that without Eugene’s support, York would not be chairman of the board because he would never have had the endorsement of Loudoun Republicans.) York’s sycophants, were right there with him, doing his bidding at every turn.
There were so many gag worthy moments tonight, it’s hard to know where to start. Was it the smirking and eye rolling by Shaun Williams, Scott York, Ralph Buono and Matt Latourneau whenever Janet Clarke spoke? Or was it when when York said 7 times “enough is enough”? Or when he refused to allow Janet Clarke to speak while practically feeding lines to Shaun Williams? Or was it when Suzanne Volpe claimed to be doing the work in her district and other districts as well with a voice getting louder and louder as the democrats nodded along with her ridiculous claims? Or when she said she’d rather slit her wrists than go before another Grand Jury? Or was it when Ralph Buono said that the board has the right to decide what is due process? (They don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!)
The majority of the board had NO problem taking this action against a sitting member of their own board without that member ever having had a day in court. “Innocent until proven guilty” was thrown out early in the game. The right to address our accusers was never afforded Supervisor Delgaudio, and none of RINOS on the board cared in the least, despite some of them claiming to have law degrees. There was no due process, Delgaudio was never allow to present his case nor was his attorney allowed to speak. Ralph Buono even said that the board has the right to determine what is due process! Wow. They wanted an excuse to please the democrats, and the Washington Post, while supporting Scott York in his vendetta. They found that in the report of the Grand Jury. Of course the Grand Jury heard NO testimony from Delgaudio or his attorney. A bunch of anonymous witnesses, with no challenges to their testimony, were taken as gospel by this board of Supervisors.
We have three conservative republicans on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, Geary Higgins, Janet Clarke and Eugene Delgaudio. The rest are RINOs, at best. The nearly all democrat audience cheered the RINOS comments throughout the night and rushed to congratulate them at the end of the meeting.
During a particularly gag worthy moment Suzanne Volpe again claimed to be a conservative, claimed that Eugene Delgaudio taught her most of what she knows about politics, and then went on to say that she often did his work for him serving his constituents in Sterling! It’s amazing all the hard work she does for everyone! She’s covering her district and Eugene’s district! Amazing! Be sure to thank her when you see her. All of the 6 supervisors who opposed Eugene told us over and over that it wasn’t partisan, it wasn’t personal, and it wasn’t a vendetta. Really? Methinks they doth protest too much. It was all of those things.
Geary Higgins and Janet Clarke were the adults in the room tonight and that won’t be forgotten. In talking to republicans after the meeting it was very clear that they will not support the RINOs on the board, not with their time or their money. The three conservatives on the board, Higgins, Clarke, and Delgaudio will receive support from republicans, the others will not.
The metro vote was bad, this vote was worse. How foolish Shaun Williams, Ralph Buono, Suzanne Volpe, Scott York and Matt Latourneau were in saying that this vote would end any and all discussion of Eugene in the press and the public. How very, very, naive they are. Their behavior assures that people will not stop talking and the press will have a field day. If they really wanted this to end, they would have taken the Grand Jury report, acknowledged that they had some work to do in establishing some rules, and ended any further discussion about Eugene Delgaudio. Since they refused to do that, they are now facing more subpoenas and a lawsuit. This will continue to be in the news weekly because of their actions, because of Scott York’s vendetta and his naive sycophants on the board who fear his power over them. I sure hope he can help re-elect them, because republicans won’t.
If York’s boys (and gal) thought this would destroy Eugene they will be proven very, very, wrong. Since Eugene Delgaudio will have no ability to pay a staff he will have many volunteers working for him, volunteers who owe nothing to the county, and who Scott York and his boys will have no ability to oversee. No oversight whatsoever for Delgaudio’s staff. Knowing Delgaudio, he will work twice as hard for his constituents, with an army of volunteers helping him.
Congratulations to the board, your actions have guaranteed that this story won’t end. Stay tuned, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!
Eugene’s not the embarrassment on the board, the six RINOs are.