Even Comstock supporters said positive things about him, such as “I still support Barbara, but I really like that guy”. Other activists from Loudoun said “he’s just who we need”, “he’ll be a great candidate for us”, “he’s our future”. The response to him was overwhelmingly positive.
It’s always exciting when a truly new face emerges on the local political scene, so new in this case that he is still identified as “Stephen Hollingsworth” in the article’s headline. But name recognition doesn’t come about overnight.
Longtime political activist and chief executive of a conservative non-profit organization, Eugene Delgaudio is also one of the longest-tenured supervisors in county history.
He seems, from one perspective, a surprising fixture on the board of supervisors, considering Loudoun voters’ tendency to flip it’s political polarity every four years.
If the Republican-Democrat-Republican cycle of the past signifies anything, it would seem to be a vacillation between extremes, the equilibrium of a spinning gyre. The board’s other survivor is Scott York, also of Sterling, who is exactly the type of middle-of-the-road, self-reinventing public figure one might expect to remain standing amid political earthquakes.
And alongside York, there is Delgaudio the lighting rod, unlikeliest of political constants.
But will the cycle of waxing and withering now, finally, claim the man in the orange hat?
… we assisted a fall of the middle class everywhere, the increase of the global debt, a fall of safety, education, hygiene and culture. But the system has never been so hard or efficient. We had many wars and liquidation of populations. Need a clown? Vote Obama. Need amusement? Buy an Apple. And in Paris or London forget on a black small screen the ten or twenty squared meters you live in.
While Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax City is pursuing a move to a larger campus in Loudoun County sometime in the next decade, parents and others are urging the Arlington Diocese to “Keep PVI in Fairfax” with an online petition and Facebook page.
The proposed location for the new school would be on diocese-owned property at the intersection of Riding Center Drive and Braddock Road in South Riding.
Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s attorney, Charles King, said yesterday that Loudoun County records contradict former Delgaudio employee Donna Mateer’s claim to have spent substantial time working on Delgaudio’s “Igor list” of potential political donors.
The Washington Post reports King said that between September 2011 and her firing in March 2012, county records show that Mateer made a total of 107 phone calls to numbers on the list … for a total of 2.5 hours.
Theo Stamos, Arlington County commonwealth’s attorney who led the criminal investigation of Delgaudio in 2013, will be asked to try the case. The next hearing will be held on March 25 at 2:00 pm.
Did Delgaudio’s friendliness with the Muslim community heighten animosities against him?
A thus far unmentioned aspect of the sticky situation Sterling Supervisor Delgaudio has found himself in (or, brought upon himself, depending on one’s point of view) relates to the timing of the precipitating events.
In the run up to the 2011 elections, Delgaudio had two nemeses: pro-LGBT and anti-Sharia.
The first was a given. As noted in Part 1 of this series, as long as he holds public office, Delgaudio can expect constant rough sledding because of his decades-old job as chief executive of the Public Advocate organization.
But in a strange turn of events, Delgaudio managed to tick off a segment of what might have been considered his base because of his refusal to join the “no Sharia” campaign against candidate David Ramadan.
Whether because of mismanagement or ineffective workers, mail is not getting delivered reliably in areas served by the Friendship Station in Washington, DC.
ABC7 reports that postal workers are being instructed to clock out at a specific time – such as 5:30 pm or even 4:30 pm – whether the day’s deliveries are completed or not. As a result, mail is piling up, or getting left at the wrong addresses, and can deliver many days later than expected.
Former Virginia Lt. Governor Don Beyer announced to a frame packed with women his intention to run for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Moran. The primary election will be held on June 10.
Under fire from the Can of Worms, Bearing Drift authors defiantly posted a series of theses yesterday to defend honor, blog and party.
Brian Schoeneman, on what it means to be a Republican, a point-by-point elucidation of the “Republican Party of Virginia Creed” which, if we are not mistaken, was penned after the Athanasian, yet prior to Maureen McDonnell’s shopping list.
Shaun Kenney, on what it means to be a conservative, the most ambitious essay of the three, tracing key tenets of modern conservativism through the history of Western thought. While overreaching in parts, overall, no papal bull.
Call it the St. Valentine’s Day Inferno. An argument and the threat of a lawsuit between prominent Virginia political bloggers Brian Schoeneman, Greg Letiecq, and Shaun Kenney, over who is getting paid to write about an historic primary battle, will likely open a discussion about how to balance political advocacy and the pretense – upheld by many blogs – of presenting objective news reporting.
The question must henceforth be asked: Is this a blog, or blogola?
Having arisen from the opportunity afforded by content management system Web technology, in part as a supplement or “antidote” to the ideologies of traditional media outlets, political blogs generally represent a cross pollination between political pamphleteering and news reporting. Many, probably most, Virginia blogs are unabashedly ideological, and most are blatantly partisan.
Which tends to be all fine and good, except during the primaries.
Brian’s appraisal of Delegate Bob is harsh in the same sense St. John’s depiction of the beast is harsh. Brian wants him to leave the House of Delegates, to renounce his ways, and most certainly to bow out of the primary contest for the Republican nomination to replace 34-year Congressman Frank Wolf in the 10th district election in November.
Delegate Bob is one of approximately 47 others currently announced to challenge Barbara Comstock, Frank Wolf’s heir apparent, for the GOP nomination …. and therein lies the rub.
Last year, after the release of the special grand jury report on complaints against Sterling District Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, more than a few local Republicans were heard to wonder: What happened with Eugene?
Known as a savvy politician whose advocacy organization Public Advocate – his regular job – did almost no member solicitation in Northern Virginia in order to avoid even the appearance of fundraising conflicts of interest with his role as a Loudoun County elected official, Delgaudio seemed unlikely to suddenly become as sloppy as alleged by former employee Donna Mateer.
On top of that, Delgaudio’s reputation as a boss was as one who gave young people opportunities for professional development in a less-than-rigid work environment. Like most of the county supervisors, Delgaudio has a full time job apart from his elected position and thus was not physically present during much of the staff’s work day. Publicly, he praised them – management 101.