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Petition asks judge to remove Loudoun County supervisor

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Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio

A group of voters in Sterling, Va., is employing a little-used state law in an effort to remove an elected official from office. The target is Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R -- Sterling).

Last year, a special prosecutor asked a grand jury to not indict Delgaudio, possibly because of a technicality: the county employee who complained of misconduct was part-time, not full-time.

But the grand jury issued a scathing report, and opponents of the conservative supervisor are now using that report as ammunition in their removal effort.

Eugene Delgaudio has long been a colorful -- and often controversial -- member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. He represents a mostly working-class district in Sterling, and is unabashedly conservative. He also runs a conservative think tank called Public Advocate of the United States.

"I was down in Richmond to greet the new governor and I was promoting traditional marriage, and getting, through the media, the message that traditional marriage is very important,” Delgaudio told us in an interview.

A former female staff member in Delgaudio's county office says in a sworn affidavit, the supervisor during a job interview asked questions about her religious beliefs, her views on marriage and homosexuality, and her politics.

A grand jury report says the staffer testified Delgaudio directed her to spend some of her county time on political fundraising getting, as a bonus, five percent of any large donations received.

The Republican-dominated Board of Supervisors in Loudoun County censured Delgaudio and stripped him of his staff. His county office is often closed and locked.

Now, more than 10 percent of the registered voters in Delgaudio's district have signed petitions asking a judge to remove the GOP Supervisor from office on the alleged grounds of neglect, misuse of office, and incompetence.

John Flannery, the attorney for the petitioners, told us Delgaudio, "signed vouchers for [staffers] to be paid [by] the county as if they were doing county business. The man has been a shame and a disgrace for Loudoun County for some time."

Delgaudio points out some of the main organizers of the petition drive are Democratic activists, including the candidate he beat in the election of 2011.

"If this is a way to tie up the government, waste money, it's a typical liberal scheme," said Delgaudio shaking his head. "They're going to waste money doing something that won't amount to anything in my case."

The Republican supervisor said he also looks forward to publicly presenting his side of the case.

Under Virginia law, a judge must now decide whether to hold (what amounts to) a trial to decide whether Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio should be removed from office.

Motions hearings in the case are scheduled for next week.

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