King is in; York is out; Buona and others “assessing risk”

Longtime political activist and Leesburg attorney, Charles King announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Within hours of Leesburg Today breaking the news of King’s candidacy, current Chairman Scott York, who had already announced his intentions to seek reelection, dropped out of the race.
Although many people were surprised, the political reality is just this simple: “York has no real base in the local party and he knows it,” say party sources who declined to be named, “insiders knew that Scott could not sustain an intra-party challenge.”
Ralph Buona, Vice President of Telos Corp and first-term Supervisor from Ashburn, is said to be “taking the weekend to consider a run” himself, now that York has backed-out.  But for Buona, party-watchers note that this is a high-risk move, giving up a super solid seat in Ashburn where is popular and unlikely to be challenged, to run in a primary against a well-liked, highly respected, long-time party guy like King and then (if he prevails) face a tough general election against attractive and articulate Phyllis Randall.
Buona isn’t known to be a risk-taker and he clearly likes being on the Board, how he decides to proceed will be interesting.

Silver to Loudoun and Density

Link to Silver Line to Loudoun article

This article makes the case the Loudoun will be come more Democratic because of high density housing near the metro stations. I accept the idea that people who live in high density housing lean more to the Democrats than people who live in low density housing.

What I wonder about is cause and effect. Is it that high density attract the Democrats, and so those people would vote the way they do regardless of where they live? Or does high density itself move people to the left?

Vote For John Whitbeck This Tuesday

I know John Whitbeck personally for several years now.  He is a good family man who runs a business, and the Washington Post, as usual, is conducting a character assassination of the Republican in a Northern Virginia Election.  Take the time to learn about who is John Whitbeck.

John believes that government exists to serve the people, and not the other way around. He is a fiscal conservative constitutionalist and a loyal Republican.  As Chairman of the 10th district he has shown himself to be a leader.   John is the founder of his law firm, a small business with offices in Loudoun County and Clarke County. His practice focuses on family law, criminal law, mental health law, and other litigation.  In his practice John has dealt with the real problems of real people, and understands the issues that confront Northern Virginians today.

With Terry Mcauliffe in the governor’s mansion do you want to give him out right control of the VA Senate?  Mcaulliffe wants to dump hundreds of millions of dollars in VA taxes into Medicaid expansion and try to set up an Obamacare state exchange.  Most state exchanges operate about as well as Oregon’s, which has cost that state $250M dollars and has not signed up a single enrollee.

The Washington Post as usual is endorsing the Democrat (Wexton) no matter how flawed – and allows her to misrepresent her record as a prosecutor and as a private attorney in her law firm where Wexton has violated her clients trust.   Wexton has issues with ethics and serious judgment issues, recently describing the Tea Party as rapists in her campaign adds.

The Post of course is also ignoring the issues with the former Republican cum independent Joe May.  May has been in politics for too long, and became a bitter clinger to power when he lost in the primary to David LaRock.  He showed his true colors a number of times during the primary campaign and then helped the Democrat in the general election against David, the Republican candidate.  He is looking for payback against Republicans, and has engaged in some dirty pool already.  This is not someone you want to see in the Senate.

Neither May nor Wexton live in the 33rd, as such are you really looking for a carpet bagging opportunist to get elected to the VA Senate?  This sort does not look out for their constituency’s interest’s. Instead they are seeking to further their own agendas.

If you live in the 33rd, or know someone else who does please get yourself to the polls.  Or, get your friends and neighbors to go and vote for John.  Down in Norfolk we have a recount going on for another VA Senate election were the difference was nine (9) votes.  Every vote counts!  Get the vote out for John Whitbeck!!

Wexton Compares “Tea Party Republicans” to Rapists

Democrat Jennifer Wexton, who is running in the 33rd State Senate Dist. to represent parts of Loudoun and Fairfax counties in the General Assembly, is airing a TV ad that more than just raises a few eyebrows.

A woman assaulted at night by the reservoir. Another by an intruder who forced his way in through her bedroom window. And for so many, traumatized again by facing the criminal in court.

I’m Jennifer Wexton and as a prosecutor I put violent offenders in prison. In the Virginia Senate, I’ll fight just as hard against Tea Party Republicans who would take away a woman’s health care and her right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest. On election day, help me stand up for her.

That’s right. The entire gist of her ad is to compare “Tea Party Republicans” to the rapists she prosecuted.

Apparently, it isn’t enough to just disagree with someone else’s ideas and offer better ones of her own. No, Wexton has to jump the shark and go straight to comparing her ideological opponents to the most disgusting pieces of human debris on the planet – rapists. (Why doesn’t she just go all out and invoke Godwin’s law and compare them to Hitler and/or Nazis?)

Wexton should know better. This ignorant statement by her trivializes the brutal trauma that women who have been raped went through by comparing it to disagreements in political discourse. She owes not only “Tea Party Republicans” an apology, but victims of rape.

Why John Whitbeck is the Best Candidate in the 33rd Senate District and Why You Should Care

Two Republican candidates are running for the nomination in the district Senator Mark Herring will vacate if he wins the recount for Attorney General. Voters in the 33rd Senate district will make their choice in a Mass Meeting to be held on Monday, December 16th, at Park View High School, 400 W. Laurel Avenue, Sterling, VA 20164, with registration from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM. You must be at the high school prior to 7:30 to register to vote. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30. Since several hundred people are expected to attend so getting to the school early would be a good idea. If you are unsure of your state Senate district, click here.

Two candidates, John Whitbeck and Ron Meyer Jr., are running to face democrat Jennifer Wexton in a special election; the date has not yet been set.

Ron Meyer Jr. is 23 years old and without a regular job. He has been a young spokesman on Fox News on a few occasions but was fired from his most recent job when he said John Boehner would resign as Speaker. Admitting this rather large mistake, Meyer said ” Look, I’m a 23-year-old activist who’s just starting”. He’s right, he’s just a kid starting out. He may well make a good candidate in 10 or 20 years. He’s just not ready yet.

Ron rents an apartment in Herndon with his girlfriend. He’s never had a mortgage or a business or even a regular job. After deciding to run for State Senate Ron proposed to his girlfriend in a rather opportunistic move on Thanksgiving. Until a few weeks ago Ron Meyer was running for Congress in the 11th district. He has refused to return money that donors gave him for the 11 district race while he uses their money in this current race for State Senate. Many donors are extremely angry about Meyer using money that they donated for one purpose only to see their money used for a completely different purpose in a district that doesn’t even represent them. Is that even legal? I can find no endorsements for Ron Meyer Jr on his website or anyplace else.

John Whitbeck is 35 years old, married for 10 years, with two little girls and another due next month. He is a well respected attorney in Leesburg having run his own business for years. As Chairman of Virginia’s 10th Republican District, John has been a solid conservative who has been able to join together all factions of the party. In 2008 Virginia’s 10th district voted for Obama. Under John’s guidance the 10th district voted for Romney in 2012. John owns a home in Landsdowne and has been President of their Home Owner’s Association. He is a solid conservative who will not raise taxes, he supports the Second Amendment, and is pro Life. He knows how to beat democrats and he has proven it as the leader in the 10th Congressional district. John has been endorsed by an overwhelming majority of the elected officials in Loudoun County.

Please visit John Whitbeck’s website and learn more him and his ideas for our future. I think you will agree that John is by far the best candidate to represent us in the special election for Mark Herring’s seat, should such an election become necessary. Republicans need to take back this seat to control the State Senate and stop McAuliffe from expanding Obamacare into Virginia and raising our taxes. John is the candidate who can do that. If you are a voter in the 33rd State Senate district please vote on Monday for our future and the future of our children.
<<<Cross posted at The Bull Elephant>>>

UPDATE: The Meyer campaign has contacted Virtucon with corrections that they would like to make to this post:

1) Ron is 24, not 23.

2) Ron does have a regular job as a PR professional.

3) Ron has not been on Fox on a few occasions, but has made over 100 appearances on national cable news.

4) He was not fired from his job after the “Fire Boehner” incident. Ron left American Majority Action more than 2 months after this incident on his own accord because he was announcing his candidacy.

5) Ron has run a business and held a regular job.

6) As a personal friend to Ron, I know that proposing to Celia is something that he has had planned for months leading up to Thanksgiving and was unrelated to his candidacy.

7) Ron has not refused to return money to donors that have requested this sort of action. You will be able to see in his upcoming FEC and SBE filing reports that Ron has refunded thousands of dollars to donors that have requested refunds.

8) The only money that Ron has transferred from his Congressional account to the state level account is money from donors that have given Ron the approval to do so. Not a single cent from a donor has been transferred over against their wishes.

Are You Ready For Some Bi-County Parkway Ads?


So there I was, watching an exciting Monday Night Football game this week on ESPN between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers (don’t even get me started on that bizarre ending), when the local ads run by Verizon FiOS came on.  Imagine my surprise when I saw several ads during the second half of the game touting the Bi-County Parkway and how it is the best thing since the introduction of the horseless carriage!  It will reduce congestion!  It will be economically beneficial!  It slices, it dices, it even juliennes fries!

Granted, buying ad time on local cable TV is much cheaper than buying a national ad, but there is still a cost component to consider as certain channels and certain programs usually demand premium pricing.

How does MNF compare to other programs?  Well, fortunately, we’ve got ratings that tell us.

Last night’s Monday Night Football telecast – a Carolina Panthers’ 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots – helped ESPN win the night among all networks (broadcast or cable) among households and viewers as well as in all key male and adult demos. The MNF game ranked as the top telecast of the night across cable and broadcast in those same categories.

The Patriots-Panthers telecast earned a 9.9 US rating, representing an average of 11,480,000 households and 15,772,000 viewers (P2+), according to Nielsen. Coverage peaked from 11:15-11:30 p.m. with a 11.6 US rating.

Those are HUGE numbers. Let me repeat this:

helped ESPN win the night among all networks (broadcast or cable) among households and viewers as well as in all key male and adult demos.

So, just how much is VDOT paying to produce and air these TV ads advocating for the Bi-County Parkway?  I have a feeling that when the answer is uncovered people will be even more angry over this than they are now.

Maybe Jennifer Wexton Can Buy Dave Marsden’s Old Futon

Loudoun and Fairfax Democrats plan to nominate their candidate for the 33rd State Senate Dist. currently occupied by Mark Herring this Saturday.  Never mind that Herring is still in office.  Never mind that Virginia has yet to certify the results of the election for Attorney General.  Never mind that with only 164 votes separating Herring from Mark Obenshain out of 2.2 million cast that there will be a recount that still could change the outcome of this race.

No, Democrats want to move fast so they can nominate Jennifer Wexton as their candidate.  There was some question as to whether Wexton even lives in the district, but we have been told that she moved into an apartment within the district right before the deadline to change registration, did so, and then voted in her new precinct.  Never mind that her husband and kids didn’t move with her.

What kind of person moves out of her home and into an apartment, leaving her husband and children there, just so she can get residency in a new senate district?

My answer to that — someone whose priorities in life are grossly out of whack.

Maybe Dave Marsden can sell her his used futon from when he did the same thing four years ago.

The Rinos Can Keep the GOP

When you realize that the RNC is a mess, stuck technologically in the 1990’s, maybe even the late 1980’s, and with hopelessly inaccurate voter rolls you begin to wonder, “Why are we putting up with these clowns?”  In VA Bolling, May, and others lead the charge from within the Republican party to undermine the ticket. This is a clear case of someone cutting their nose in order to spite their face.  They prefer to see Democrats win over conservative Republicans when they do not get their way in the primary.

According to an article from the American Thinker, Christie got four times the money Cuccinelli did from the RNC and he was never in need of the help Ken was since the local papers did not smear Christie the way the WashPo smeared Ken.  In fact they were having a love-in with Christie, similar to the one they had with McCain prior to his failed presidential run in 2008.  Ken was slandered in the WashPo – got retractions – and then the WashPo would later reissue the same lies in a different articles.  The RNC never came to his aid with this.  Priebus tramped about in NJ, in a safe race.  Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson were thrown under the bus.

Ken lost by a two points while facing a WashPo resolutely in the team blue camp no matter what, with a pseudo phony baloney libertarian candidate in the race – funded by a Texas Democrat, and with inaccurate polls showing Ken behind by 17 points. All this killed Ken’s chances of raising out of state money for his campaign.  Ken was outspent by $14M.  It was calculated and the likes of Bolling did not help.

It is time to cut the cord. The Bollings can keep the label. Conservatives should look elsewhere.  I do not know where conservatives should go, but they should never again bang doors for the kind of Republican that Bolling represents.  Conservatives are not welcome in ‘the big tent.’  What is so radical about fiscally prudent policies?  What is ‘crazy’ about a balanced budget?  What wrong with seeking to pass laws that do not reward self destructive and irresponsible behavior?  For this conservatives are pilloried and their character assassinated not only by Democrats but by the Bollings and Roves of the party.

At this point, according to the US Census Bureau the number of households that receive benefits exceed the number that pay for those benefits.  This is a cause for great alarm.  This is unsustainable.  This sad state is the result of the progressive Democrat and Republican policies going back to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt.  Conservatives, not the GOP, are trying to stop the coming fiscal Armageddon.  The Bush wing of the party is part of the problem. Only the deluded would think a Mitch McConnell is part of the solution.  Only the insane would think the Democrats will reign in spending.

Rockefeller Republicans lose far more elections than they win yet conservatives are unelectable?  Lets look at the stellar track record of recent Presidential elections:

  • Ford in 1976 lost to Carter. Reagan was considered to be too far right for America
  • Bush Sr. got elected only because the country wanted four more years of Reagan.  America realized Bush was no Reagan and we got Bill Clinton.
  • Bob Dole a left-wing experiment that never stood a chance. Did we hear about how such left-wing Rockefeller wannabes are too far left for the country?  No.
  • W ran as a conservative, which is why he won.  W was no conservative
  • John McCain lost so big he had reverse coat tails
  • Romney who was another left-wing Republican. He managed to lose to a president highest unemployment in the past 40 years.

The lesson?  Rinos lose nationally.  I will repeat for the intellectually impaired: Rinos. Lose. Nationally.  The electorate is 40% conservative according to Gallop.  So why is the establishment GOP running always away from them?  It is personal that is why, we are a threat to their gravy train.  From here on out, when the GOP establishment fields a Bolling, we take him out in a primary, and is he survives that, we help the Democrats.  Why?  That is what the Bollings do to conservatives.  It is war on conservatives.

Conservatives typically accept the results of a primary contest, campaigning for Democrat-lite in the general election.  Rinos like Bolling never return the courtesy.  Locally in Loudoun Co., Clint Good, a ‘Republican’ was out campaigning for the Democrat candidate Mary Daniels against David LaRock, a conservative Republican in the VA33rd HOD — Clint called it, “Republicans for Daniels”.   Joe May the big spending, tax hiking Republican lost the primary against LaRock 57%-43%.  He did much to harm LaRock in the general election, refusing to endorse David, and not renouncing a mailer from Daniels that implied that May endorsed Daniels.  As the national party leadership is lousy with this sort of Republican, conservatives should strongly consider looking for greener pastures.

Currently the chief difference is that the Democrats lie to the public and pretend to be more centrist than they rule.  The GOP tells its base, “I am conservative” but rules in a way indistinguishable from the Democrats most of the time.  While there are people in the GOP worthy of consideration — they days of calling the GOP a conservative party are over.

Kudos to LoCo Sup. Matt Letourneau for being a team player

Loudoun County Supervisor Matt Letourneau is hereby imparted with the Thor’s Hammer seal of approval for being such a team player.  Matt sent out the following email last night not to tout or raise money for himself, but to bolster the candidacy of another.

Thor's Hammer
Thor’s Hammer

A Message from Supervisor Matt Letourneau

Dear Neighbor,

It has been a pleasure to serve on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors over the past two years. Our region has many challenges, but we’ve made great progress by jumpstarting much needed road projects, accelerating school construction, and bringing new businesses to Loudoun.

Today, however, I’m writing you about the upcoming election. I know by now you’re probably sick of all the mail, all of the phone calls, and all of the negative ads. So am I. But when you go vote on November 5, you’ll be making a decision about who should be our Delegate from the 87th District, and to a local elected official like me, that decision is very important.

I’ll cut to the chase: David Ramadan is the best representative our area could possibly have in Richmond, and I’m writing to ask you to vote for him.

When David and I were elected together in 2011, we promised a partnership. We both know that our area is crippled with terrible traffic and that we need more jobs in Loudoun. Since that time, we’ve worked extremely closely together on project after project, and we’re getting results.

David and I talk almost every day, sometimes for hours late at night, about what we can do for our districts. When I need help with something that involves the Commonwealth, he’s the first person I call—and he’s never failed to drop what he’s doing to assist me.

For instance, I worked to appropriate $1.2 million from Loudoun County to fund a much needed improvement at the intersection of Braddock and Pleasant Valley Road, and David and others from our delegation got a match from the state. In September, I learned that the cost estimates for the improvement had gone up, and we now had a shortfall of over $1 million, placing the project in jeopardy. I called David; he went to work on VDOT, and as usual—he came through with the money from the state to allow the project to move forward.

David’s work on the Dulles Greenway has been remarkable. He has single handedly taken on a major international corporation that is holding Loudoun commuters hostage. His research has led to a major State investigation into the Greenway’s practices, and he literally did it all by himself, with his own money. Now Loudoun County has gotten involved to provide him with support and amplify the voice of the citizens who are demanding lower tolls. Other politicians talk about the Greenway—David is actually doing something that represents our best chance yet to finally get some relief.

Route 606 needs to be widened. This project has been identified as the top priority for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Loudoun County did our part by committing $40 million to the project. David made sure that the state did theirs, and pushed for a full match from the Commonwealth, which we received. Now the project is proceeding, and we’ve just signed an agreement with VDOT and the Airports Authority to get the project moving.

During this past session, funding for Northern Virginia schools through the “cost to compete” program was in jeopardy. David led the fight—including with some members of his own party—to ensure that the money was restored in the budget and Loudoun and Prince William got what we needed, preventing a huge shortfall that would have sent both local governments scrambling.

I could go on and on, because there are many examples of things he’s done—from intersection issues to his work with the Business Development Caucus he founded to focus members of the General Assembly on specific legislative items to improve job creation.

There’s one final reason why I felt that I had to write this letter. David’s opponent, John Bell, has spent over $800,000 on a disgraceful campaign full of character attacks and outright lies. I know those are strong words, but that’s the truth. John Bell wants you to think that David is somehow unethical. I’ve personally known David and his family for years—and nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that David is the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back—the type that you know you can rely on if you need help and don’t know who else to call. He’s always been that way. I don’t have the space in this letter to rebut each of the attacks that Bell has made—but I know the details of each and every one of them and they’re all false. In fact, some of them are so misleading that they made my stomach turn. John Bell’s campaign is everything I don’t like about politics.

In contrast, David’s campaign has been about issues and accomplishments. He’s got a record to run on, and it’s a good one. David cast thousands of votes during his first term in Richmond. He’s been remarkably effective for a freshman—he authored more bills that became law than any other freshman Delegate. However, with all those votes on all those issues, there is probably some individual vote or issue that you may not agree with him on, and maybe even a few that I don’t agree with too. But his record is also being distorted by his opponent and by a whole slew of special interests groups that couldn’t even find our community on a map and are simply pushing a particular agenda. The reality is, with that many votes—it is virtually impossible to agree with someone on everything. What’s really important is that David is constantly fighting for us, and he’s making a huge difference.

We need David Ramadan back in Richmond. Having him there makes the job easier for local government officials like me. If we send him back, he’ll keep working just as hard for us. I hope you’ll join Margaret and me in voting for David on November 5.

Matthew F. Letourneau
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Dulles District
Chairman, Economic Development Committee

Compare that to a recent email from Pr. William Co. Chair Corey Stewart sent on Oct. 25:


The next election at the county level is not until 2015, yet he is raising money for it now in the midst of elections for Governor (featuring his own constituent Ken Cuccinelli), Lt. Governor (the office for which he contended earlier this year), Attorney Gen., and House of Delegates.  Furthermore, Stewart and some of his allegedly GOP cohorts on the county board have sat idly by and not lifted a finger to help their Republican colleagues on the ballot tomorrow. (With Peter Candland, Mike May and even Marty Nohe being the exceptions – kudos to each of them for helping out the ticket in various ways.)

This is especially galling in that today’s Washington Post ran a front page article about how Pr. William Co. has become THE bellweather county in the state that swings statewide elections.  Just remember, it has been the development policies of a Republican-led county board over the past decade-plus that has put the county into play.  When they approve lots of high density projects at the request of their developer campaign funders, what did they expect would happen?  Fools and knaves.  I have no use for thee!

VDOT Spending Taxpayer Money to Lobby Virginia Taxpayers for the Bi-county Parkway

Why is VDOT spending taxpayer money to lobby Virginia taxpayers by setting up a website advocating for the Bi-county Parkway ( and advertising said web site on the radio on WMAL in DC during traffic reports as they did this morning?

Interesting to note that VDOT’s latest rationale for the Bi-county Parkway (both online and in the WMAL ad) is to reduce north-south traffic congestion between Loudoun and Prince William counties with nary a mention on their shiny new website of truck cargo traffic between Dulles Airport and I-95 as was originally promoted.  Apparently that was not testing well with focus groups, so they figured they would try out the “reduce traffic congestion” argument – never mind that the real traffic congestion problem in that area is east-west along the I-66 / Route 29 corridor.

I am in line with what Del. Bob Marshall stated back in April:

I oppose this road because I believe it is not cost effective, will create an opening for unrestrained development along the route and it will require a huge amount of property to be taken for the right-of-way. There are other alternatives that would be more cost effective and would require a less intrusive approach.

I could not say it better myself.

Loudoun County Republicans Love Eugene Delgaudio!

Just as republicans in the General Assembly grossly underestimated republican outrage after their vote for the largest tax increase in the history of the Commonwealth, so did the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors underestimate republican outrage over their vote on Wednesday night to censure one of their own, Eugene Delgaudio, and remove the funds to run his office.  The outrage was felt tonight during the monthly meeting of Loudoun County Republicans.  Approximately 90% of those in attendance wore stickers supporting Eugene Delgaudio.  Senator Dick Black gave a speech (see below) in support of Supervisor Delgaudio which was interrupted many times with applause.  Tenth District Chairman John Whitbeck was also supporting Eugene Delgaudio as was our Commissioner of the Revenue, Bob Wertz.  The only other elected officials in the attendance were Supervisors Ken Reid and Geary Higgins.

After spending the weekend making calls trying to garner support for the board’s action against Delgaudio, Suzanne Volpe was not successful and did not attend the meeting.  Shawn Williams was the surrogate for Scott York and the board members who voted against Delgaudio.  He gave a rather insulting speech, telling us, again, to read the report issued by the Grand Jury.  Why would he assume that we hadn’t read the report?  Most of us read it as soon as it was released.  Like the others on the board who are against Delgaudio,  Williams implied that we were just too stupid to understand what they had done.  Outrageous.  We’ve all read the Grand Jury Report.  It doesn’t matter because as Dick Black said, a Grand Jury can and will indict a Ham Sandwich because they only hear one side of the story.  And yet even a Grand Jury couldn’t find reason to indict Delgaudio who has never had an opportunity to defend himself against nebulous accusations by unknown people.  The Board of Supervisors gave him no opportunity to do that.   There was never due process.  Supervisor Ralph Buona even went so far to as to say that they don’t no need stinkin’ due process!  The board will decide what is due process!   Eugene Delgaudio was never allowed to confront his accusers.  He was never permitted to defend himself.  Why?  Because the board doesn’t want to hear his side.  The truth may well prevent them from their pre-determined course of action.  Three things drove the Board’s vote against Eugene, Scott York’s vendetta against Eugene that goes back many, many years, the democrats in Loudoun who hate Eugene, and the Washington Post.   Those are three, completely unacceptable reasons for their actions.

Supervisor Ralph Buona said he never wants to see this issue again in the press.  By their actions, the board of supervisors has guaranteed that the issue will not die.  It will be in the press for months, right through the election.  It could have ended with the Grand Jury finding that Eugene had nothing illegal and there would be no indictment.  Because Scott York can’t let his vendetta go, he convinced 5 other very naive, sycophant, board members to along with him, ensuring that ALL our republican candidates in November, and beyond, will be tainted by this issue. It’s only just begun.

A resolution was proposed tonight at the LCRC meeting that stated the following, but it was not voted on because the meeting was a few short members of a quorum.  It will be presented next month and will pass easily.  The overwhelming sentiment in the room supported Eugene Delgaudio.  The resolution reads:

>>>Be It Resolved:

We the Loudoun County Republican Committee respectfully request the board of Supervisors to reconsider censuring Delgaudio and

We respectfully request the board to reconsider removing Delgaudio from all committees,

We respectfully request the board to reconsider removing the district staff of Supervisor Delgaudio.

Finally, we respectfully request the board to give Delgaudio specific charges and Supervisor Delgaudio and has lawyer Charles King be given an opportunity to present his defense.  <<<

The full text of remarks by Senator Black:

Statement of Senator Dick Black re:  Supervisor Delgaudio

Presented to the Loudoun County Republican Committee

July 22, 2013


Most of you know that I go to great lengths to be supportive of the Board of Supervisors and to stay out of their business, but tonight, I would like to comment on an issue, simply as a member of this committee.

After Supervisor Delgaudio was cleared by a grand jury, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to censure him anyway, and they took away the staff that serves all the citizens of Sterling Park.

I’m uneasy about taking action against anyone who’s been cleared after a six-month grand jury investigation.  But I especially hope the Board will reconsider its actions that appear directed against the citizens of Sterling Park I think it’s reasonable for Sterling voters to ask, “What have we done to deserve punishment by the Board of Supervisors?

Sterling Park elected Eugene four times.  He’s got a reputation for giving some of the best constituent service in the county.  In the wintertime, he’s been known to personally shovel snow to dig out seniors who were snowed in.  He replaces faded American flags to spruce up his neighborhoods.

I understand there’s a squabble over some phone calls and an employee who was disgruntled over certain things.  But to say that somebody would have broken the law if only the law had been different seems really odd to me.  We’re only required to obey laws as they are written; not as some private citizen on a grand jury wishes they had been drafted.  That’s why our constitution prohibits ex post facto laws.  It says you can’t change the law after the fact in order to make somebody guilty of a crime.  We just don’t do that in America.

Look, Eugene makes sure his working-class district isn’t forgotten.  I get his emails and I can tell you he keeps his people up to date on everything that happens, from crime to weather to community events.  He fights against taxes, because they endanger people on fixed incomes.  He voted against density packing that hurts his district.  He voted against Metro because he worried about the financial impact it might have on his residents—many of whom have little leeway in their budgets to handle major tax hikes.  He also fought for traditional family values, because that’s what his voters want him to do.  His positions don’t sit well with certain special interest groups, and those votes didn’t endear him to everyone on the Board.  But he represented the people who elected him and he kept his campaign promises a lot better than most people did.

Let me close with a couple of thoughts:  First, as a career prosecutor, I deeply believe in the presumption of innocence.  That means you don’t punish people we exonerate.  There’s an old saying that a grand jury “can indict a ham sandwich.”  That’s because the defendant doesn’t have a voice in a grand jury—the jury only hears one side of the case.  The special prosecutor in this matter was a Democrat who had the personal integrity to drop the case after an exhaustive grand jury investigation.  I don’t know why we can’t do the same.

Second, I have no vote in this matter, but if I did, I would not vote for punitive action against someone who successfully weathered a six-month grand jury investigationAnd I certainly would not vote to fire Eugene’s aide and deprive Sterling Park of their right to full and proper representation.  The Board’s responsible for making this decision, not me.  But I respectfully encourage the Board to carefully reexamine its decision regarding Supervisor Delgaudio before moving forward with these actions.  I just feel it’s the right thing to do for Sterling citizens.<<<

It is the right thing to do!

UPDATE:  An excellent post on this subject here.

BIG win for democrats, Scott York, and RINOs in Loudoun!

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.

Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio Witch Hunt Yields Nothing

After a Special Grand Jury investigation  lasting over 6 months interviewing 31 witnesses and hundreds of pages of material, no charges will be brought against Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio.

At the end of the investigation the Arlington Commonwealth Attorney Theo Stamos,  who was in charge of proceedings, declined to ask the Grand Jury to hand down any indictments.  There simply wasn’t evidence of crimes having been committed.  Page 6 of the Special Grand Jury report states ““there is no solid evidence” of the basic charge of improper fund raising”.   On page four the report states “Despite the suspicions, the aide has no absolute proof of wrongdoing.”

Supervisor Delgaudio’s attorney, Charles King issued a statement explaining the Special Grand Jury actions.  That statement can be found here.

So why was a Grand Jury impaneled when there was never evidence to charge Supervisor Delgaudio?  As we all know, a Grand Jury can, and will, indict a Ham Sandwich.  Yet in this very, very, costly case, there was no evidence to indict Eugene Delgaudio.   Why were millions of taxpayer’s dollars wasted on this witch hunt?  Was it all because of the Washington Post’s series of charges against Eugene Delgaudio?  Charges, with no merit.  Who in Loudoun fed the information to the Post, encouraged the series of articles, and pressed for a Grand Jury?  One need look no further than our own elected officials in Loudoun.   Millions of dollars wasted on this witch hunt.

Special Grand Jury report here.  Since when do Grand Juries recommend changes in the law?

More herehere and here.

May Campaign Ploy Backfires

Who is Freedom Works?  It appears that Delegate Joe May does not know; for he has mistaken them for the LaRock campaign.  There is a difference.  LaRock is running a local grass roots campaign, seeking to unseat 20 year political veteran Joe May on a challenger’s budget.  Freedom Works is the goliath of conservative grassroots organizations.

Founded in 1984, FreedomWorks is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has hundreds of thousands of grassroots volunteers nationwide. Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO.

FreedomWorks members know that government goes to those who show up, and are leading the fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.

LaRock has put together a fine campaign — but mistaking it for Freedom Works smacks of desperation.  Joe May proudly announced on his facebook page, that three members of the LaRock campaign were served with trespassing warrants.  Having someone served with such a warrant is easier than getting a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich — so what is there to crow about Joe?  Not knowing who you sic-ed the cops on is certainly nothing to crow about Joe.

The plot thickens when one actually takes the time to talk to the people from Freedom Works.  John Trent was one of the three Freedom Works grassroots workers who were served with the trespassing warrants.  The episode began last Friday around noon.  John and two others from Freedom Works were putting up signs.  They noticed someone was taking down the signs they had just put up; that someone turned out to be Joe May’s campaign manager, Jon Conradi!

Freedom Works entered the Joe May campaign headquarters in Purceville and asked Conradi if he knew anything about the missing signs.  This was Conradi’s chance to come clean but he opted for the other road and feigned ignorance.  At this point Trent told Conradi that they all saw him take the signs down; Conradi’s response was to throw them out of the office.  Trent and his compatriots complied and left the building.  Conradi followed them outside and threatened to have their vehicle towed.

At this point Trent and his companions just wanted the campaign signs back and were speaking to another witness who also saw the signs being stolen by Conradi.   It was during this time that Conradi called the Purceville Police.  Officer Hood arrived shortly thereafter, took statements from Trent and his Freedom Works co-workers regarding the theft of the signs, and as per the request of the May Campaign, Officer Hood did issue the trespassing warrants.   Critically, Officer Hood also entered the May Campaign Office and retrieved the stolen signs!

There are several unanswered questions at this point: 

  1. Did Joe May instruct Jon Conradi to take those signs?
  2. Did Joe May know that the people who entered his campaign office were from Freedom Works?
  3. Would Joe May knowingly disseminate a falsehood that David LaRock’s campaign was involved?
  4. Why is the May Campaign picking a fight with Freedom Works?
  5. Why is Jon Conradi stealing signs, in broad daylight?

The May campaign needs to get its facts straight.  They are sacrificing Joe’s good name on the alter of re-election.  At one time no one would think Joe would take part in such seedy tactics.  After the mud slinging of the past few months, the campaign signs being stolen or vandalized, all such illusions are now gone.  What happened to Joe?

PWC Thinks It’s Hip To Be Square?

Prince William County has unveiled a new logo according to The Sheriff of Nottingham of Prince William County. Over the past few years, both Loudoun and Stafford counties have adopted new signage as well. Here are the three for purposes of comparison.

PWC Logo




In the last week, even the Town of Dumfries erected new welcome signs that are quite classy and extoll the town’s virtue of being Virginia’s oldest town.

Exactly what the heck is the PWC logo supposed to represent? At least with Stafford the connection is clear and even Loudoun’s logo evokes the foot hills of the Shenandoah mountains that start in the county. The Prince William logo is befuddling at best and an abysmal branding effort at worst. If they want to go for a modern rather than historic look that’s fine, but at least don’t be so abstract that it means NOTHING.

And what of the cost? Well, according to TSoNoPWC, county Communications Director Jason Grant said it only cost $750 to develop the logo. County Economic Development Director Jeffrey Kaczmarek put printing of marketing material for his office at likely under $10,000. That does not, however, include placing the new logo on county vehicles, uniforms, business cards, stationary, and all sorts of other printed materials, etc., which Grant indicated the new logo would be used upon in place of the county seal.

Did I mention that the Board of County Supervisors was apparently surprised to learn that the unelected County Executive (who is supposed to serve at their pleasure and not the other way around) had decided on her own the county needed a new logo and gone ahead with selecting one?

No one can say that I didn’t warn the board members about this sort of thing before they hired Ms. Peacor. They hired her, they’re stuck with her. Unfortunately, the county’s taxpayers are stuck with her and her incompetent budgeting practices as well. (At least until the 2015 county elections when I hope there will be a majority on the BOCS with the backbone to stand up and fire her.)

And so it Begins…….Smears and Mudslinging in Loudoun County

In Fairfax they call Loudoun County the Wild West.  There’s good reason for that characterization.  Politics in Loudoun is a wild, take-no-prisoners, sport.  So it comes as no surprise that within days of David LaRock announcing that he would mount a primary campaign against Joe May to be delegate from Virginia’s 33rd delegate district, the mudslinging began.   A whisper campaign was launched with a wild story that David had driven across a neighbor’s yard and removed a sign that she post in her yard.  Sounds bad, right?

In the spring of 2012,  a large, purple ,pornographic sign was posted in a public right of way on Rt 9, Charles Town Pike at Hamilton Station road.  It had an image of a nearly nude woman and seemed to be advertising  a strip club in WV.   It was a sign that everyone traveling on Rt 9 had to pass.  It was illegal.  The sign was reported numerous times by numerous people.   Parents objected to the sign as busloads of their children had to pass this pornographic sign everyday on their way to school.  Citizens objected to the sign because it certainly isn’t the kind of advertising that anyone wants in western Loudoun.  It didn’t encourage  our beautiful vineyards, or any of the charming towns in western Loudoun.  It advertised a pornography business in West Virginia!  For months people complained about the sign.  (Turns out the sign was advertising an adult novelty store in WV, but you couldn’t see that from the road.  From the name and the nude image of a woman, people assumed that it was advertising a strip club in WV.)  Complaints continued and nothing was done.  The sheriff’s office did not remove the illegal sign.   After looking at this disgusting sign for months, David LaRock decided to do what the sheriff’s office had refused to do; he removed the illegal, pornographic, sign so that children didn’t have to continue to look at every day.  It was not on anyone’s lawn, he never set foot on anyone’s property.  I talked to David and he said from the conversations he had with Loudoun County officials he was under the impression that it was an abandoned sign and therefore considered litter.  But he was cited for removing the sign attached to a fence along the road. Mr. LaRock agreed to pay the owner for the cost of her pornographic sign rather than spends thousands of dollars going to court.  That’s the whole story.   It will disappear from the court records in September.

In an odd coincidence I was at neighborhood party last night when people began talking about the ‘disgusting porno sign’ that had been on Rt 9 last Spring and Summer.  (They knew nothing of this smear campaign.) Everyone agreed that the sign was awful, and one mother said she hated it because she had to pass it every day while driving her three children to school.   I told the group that Dave LaRock had also become disgusted with the sign because he too was concerned about all the children in buses who had to see it every day.  After months, with nothing being done, he  discarded the illegal sign.   When my friends and neighbors  in the room heard the story  they cheered his action!   When I informed them that Mr. LaRock is running for office, they all said that they would support David LaRock’s campaign while two people said they were sending him checks today!

Another silly attempt at mudslinging in Loudoun county has backfired!  Dave LaRock helped to clean up our neighborhood, by getting rid of a pornographic sign,  now let’s get behind his campaign to clean up the big spending in Richmond!  We need someone who will represent the PEOPLE, someone who is on the side of the taxpayer, and not the interests of big business!  

Never Forget! These Virginia Republicans sold us out!

These republicans voted for the transportation bill that will cost us all of us billions of dollars.  Do NOT forget these ‘representatives’ who failed to represent the people of Virginia.  Every single one of them needs to face a primary.  Start looking for candidates now!

House of Delegates: Dave Albo (42), John Cosgrove (78), Kirk Cox (66), Mark Dudenhefer (2), Jim Edmunds (60), Tag Greason (32), Chris Head (17), Gordon Helsel (91), Keith Hodges (98), Sal Iaquinto (84)*, Riley Ingram (62), Chris Jones (76), Terry Kilgore (1), Barry Knight (81), Jim LeMunyon (67), Manny Loupassi (68), Joe May (33), Donald Merricks (16), Randy Minchew (10), Richard Morris (64), John O’Bannon (73), Bobby Orrock (54), Charles Poindexter (9), Bob Purkey (82), Lacey Putney (I, declared R if running for re-election – 19), Tom Rust (86), Ed Scott (30), Beverly Sherwood (29), Chris Stolle (83), Ron Villanueva (21), Michael Watson (93), David Yancey (94), Joseph Yost (12), Speaker Howell (28)

State Senate: Harry Blevins (14), Bill Carrico (40), Jeff McWaters (8), Tommy Norment (3), Frank Ruff (15), Walter Stosch (12), Frank Wagner (7), John Watkins (10).

Senate Bill Seeks To Allow Local Income Taxes Without Referenda

According to The Derecho, state Sen. Walter Stosch is at it again, this time with SB 1313.  This bill would remove the requirement for those localities permitted to institute local income taxes to put such measures to a referendum of the voters.  (And here we thought Del. Dave Albo’s local food and bevereage sales tax bill without referenda was bad.)

Adds the City of Portsmouth to the list of localities authorized to impose a local income tax to generate revenue to be used for transportation purposes. The bill also removes the requirement that the local income tax be approved by a referendum and repeals the five-year sunset on the local income tax.

So, which counties and cities are subject to this?

Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach

Here’s how the vote went in the Senate Finance Committee:

01/31/13 Senate: Reported from Finance (8-Y 5-N)
YEAS–Stosch, Howell, Saslaw, Hanger, Watkins, Lucas, Ruff, Wagner–8.
NAYS–Colgan, Marsh, Newman, McDougle, Carrico–5.

Hang on to your wallets, people!!!

How much worse can DC Metro get?

I see near constant complaints about Metro on numerous websites.  Wednesday’s fire near the Anacostia station stranded several trains, and hundreds of people, in the dark under the river for hours.  This personal account from an Atlantic article  is worth a read, especially for those in Fairfax and Loudoun who couldn’t wait to commit BILLIONS of our tax dollars to this hell that is metro.  It’s not likely you will ever read a mass transit story that is more horrific than this one.

“I boarded my first train at Foggy Bottom around 4:45 p.m., transferred at L’Enfant Plaza without incident. Once I got on the platform at L’Enfant Plaza, the signs said to expect delays. I waited about 15 minutes for the train to come. By this time, the platform was absolutely packed with people. Everyone crammed into the train. We went one stop, and the train operator announced the train was going out of service, and everybody would have to get off at the next stop. This had apparently happened to two other trains as well, so the platform hardly had room for us to get off the train. It was pretty damn unsafe. The train operator kept announcing to board the next train on the opposite side of the track, and it would take us in the direction we were headed due to them single tracking around a track fire.

The next thing that happened, and I wish I had this recorded was—the station announcer came on the PA system and starting announcing, “At this time, the station manager KNOWS NOTHING, I repeat, the station manager KNOWS NOTHING.”This was very unsettling to the mob on the platform. Then a train arrived on the same side we just got off on, and announces it was going our direction. At the same time, the train came, the station manager was on the PA stating no trains were heading in our direction and they have no information on any trains going in our direction, so we should all exit the station and get a bus or a cab. That train left, I was nowhere close to getting on. There were three trains worth of pissed off people all pushing and shoving to get on it. I stayed out of the way. The next train came and announced it was going in our direction, as the station manager once again comes on the PA system saying no trains are heading in our direction—UNBELIEVABLE.

I got on that train, we went maybe a mile and the train went dark–all power was shut off. The train drifted along the tracks with a ghostly, eerie silence until it came to a powerless stop. One light came on in the car I was in. It was packed with probably a few hundred people. We were standing face to face, practically on top of one-another. The train operator said, he was not sure what happened and was calling into central. We had emergency battery power on, which had enough power to keep emergency lighting on but no air circulation.

The next two hours were spent in the dark on the train. An hour in, panic started to set in. In our car, one woman had passed out. We heard people pounding on windows in other cars, we heard glass breaking and people screaming. More than two hours in, folks in our car forced open the emergency door to get some air into the car. Some to actually exited and walked the tunnel. Mind you, we were in the dark somewhere under the Anacostia River. Inside the temperature was close to 90 degrees. Most people managed to get their coats off, and in some cases, even shirts came off, I was dripping with sweat, but tried to keep breathing and conserve my energy and keep calm. I did not talk much, and kept my eyes closed while standing face to face and body to body with the other sweaty passengers.

About two and a half hours, someone threw up in our car. The car also smelt of urine. I’m certain more than one person had pissed themselves. The car smelt rank, and the situation was getting out of control. Multiple emergency doors were forced open, and now passengers were wondering around in the train tunnels in the dark. The train operator came by our car, asked us to help him get the door closed and said not to open it again. He said several other doors were open and had to be closed.  He had police and firemen with him. They were trying to round up everyone and get them back on the train before the fire department would give permissions to the power company to restore power to the third rail.

Once the train operator got all passengers back on train and all doors closed, the power came on. The train operator said we would be moving forward, but at a very slow pace, as there might be stray passengers wondering around in the tunnel.

They took a good 30 minutes to get everyone off who needed medical assistance.  I got home close to 9 p.m. that night.”

More here at an excellent blog devoted to keeping us informed about what happens at metro.

How much worse can it get?  Every time I read of yet another DC metro nightmare, I want to reach out and thank the five Loudoun supervisors who committed Loudoun taxpayers to paying for this nightmare for the rest of our lives, and our children’s lives, and our grandchildren’s lives.  Thanks Scott York, Matt Latourneau, Ralph Buona, Sean Williams,  and my personal favorite, Ken Reid!   We owe them, and owe them, and owe them.   The good news is, we can be thankful that less than 2% of Loudoun taxpayers will ever ride this nightmare that is metro.

What is Scott York doing to Eugene Delgaudio? And Why?

(photo courtesy of the Loudoun-Times Mirror)

Earlier this week Loudoun Board Chairman Scott York stripped Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio of all committee assignments.  Supervisor Delgaudio was previously on two of the four standing committees and he has been elected to the board 4 times.  Once again, Chairman York is making it clear that he would prefer Delgaudio not be on his board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Delgaudio’s attorney Charlie King, said this today,

“Under the Board’s Rules of Procedures, the Chairman recommends committee assignments subject to the Board’s approval. Chairman York recommended Supervisor Delgaudio be given no committee assignments.

It’s unfortunate Chairman York used parliamentary rules to accomplish what he knew he could not through the proper process.

If Chairman York believes Supervisor Delgaudio engaged in misconduct, as in the Whitener case many years ago, he should invoke Robert’s Rules of Order to pass a resolution, establish a committee, conduct an investigation and, if necessary, hold a hearing.

Supervisor Delgaudio is the seventh board member Chairman York has accused of misconduct. There is a pattern. What is different this time is the Chairman’s allegations may be tested in a hearing before the Board. Witnesses may be cross-examined, documents will be subpoenaed.

Supervisor Delgaudio hoped voting for the investigation would clear his name faster. He voted for the committee assignments to avoid embroiling the entire Board in another controversy.

A hearing would at least give Supervisor Delgaudio a chance to defend himself”.  Wouldn’t that be a good idea, a hearing prior to jumping to a conviction, which is what Scott York seems to have done.

Supervisor Delgaudio has been accused of misconduct by ONE former, disgruntled, part-time, employee, Donna Mateer, who was fired because she was unable to do the job.  The Washington Post was quick to jump in and cover the story.  A former, democratic, Supervisor, Stevens Miller, was also quick in forming a PAC to FOIA the information filed by the disgruntled Ms. Mateer.    Mr. Miller has formed a PAC and set up a blog, both directed at Supervisor Delgaudio.  Clearly Mr. Miller is hoping to return to Loudoun county politics.  Currently a special prosecutor is doing an investigation to determine if there was any wrong doing by Delgaudio.

Supervisor Delgaudio has not been charged with any wrong doing.  He has not been arrested.  He has not been convicted of anything.  So why is Loudoun County’s ALL republican board not supporting him?  Why did Chairman York strip Supervisor Delgaudio of his committee assignments?  What message is York sending?  Why is an all Republican Board supporting accusations against Delgaudio made by democrats, including Stevens Miller, and the Washington Post?  Why aren’t they supporting one of their own, republican, board members?  One who has been elected to represent Sterling 4 times?  Has it occurred to Chairman York that if he is successful in replacing Supervisor Delgaudio, that seat is lost to republicans forever?  No other republican can ever win in Sterling.  York is very aware of that fact.  Which brings me to another point.

Chairman Scott York ran as a republican in 2011.  Without Supervisor Delgaudio, that would NOT have happened.    It was Eugene Delgaudio who convinced many Loudoun County republicans to welcome Scott York back into the party in 2011 and urged us to vote for him at the convention where he was challenged by conservative Steve Stockman.  Thanks to Delgaudio, York eked out a victory, with a mere 30 votes to spare.   An excellent blog post was written on this subject 2011.  It outlines very well what Eugene Delgaudio did to reunite republicans in Loudoun around Scott York.   Has York completely forgotten that he owes his victory in 2011 to Eugene Delgaudio?  Is this how he pays back people who have helped him?  What exactly is York hoping to accomplish?  What is his goal?  To prove that he is on the side of the Washington Post and the democrats?  Has York ever been a republican?  Or was he just playing one in 2011, and using Eugene Delgaudio, to get elected?

Janet Clarke Stepping Down as Vice Chair in Loudoun

UPDATE:  A reliable source tells me that Shawn Williams will be the new Vice Chair because York wants to thank him for his help in getting metro passed.    Damning with faint praise.

Janet Clarke announced this week that she will not be vice chairman of the board in Loudoun for 2013.  More here.  This a big loss for conservatives in Loudoun.  We have few true conservatives on our board, Janet is one of them.  I hate to lose her, and her views, in that leadership position.  However, after the way Scott York has treated her, it’s hardly a surprise.  Scott thought he could force her to cave on metro, and other issues, and she wouldn’t.  She stood up to him and the other board bullies.  That’s why she’s a hero to me.  She not only talks the talk, she walks the walk, with her head held high.

Who Scott York will tap to be his new vice chair?  Since Eugene, Ralph, and Shawn are likely to be spending time in various courts in the next year, Scott may choose someone else.  More on Ralph Buona and Shawn Williams lawsuit here.   Eugene’s problems are well known, thanks to the Washington Post who never tires of bashing Eugene.  I have little doubt that Suzanne Volpe  will be lobbying hard to fill the role of vice chair, but I don’t see Scott choosing her.  It sure won’t be Ken Reid, so  I guess that leaves Matt Letourneau, York’s only other ally on metro.