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Effort to remove Loudoun County Supervisor fails

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Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R) Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R)

The effort to get Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R) removed from office by a judge has failed. The special prosecutor assigned to the case said there was insufficient evidence to proceed and she asked for a dismissal. The judge, after hearing arguments, agreed. The case was dismissed.

In 2013, a grand jury did not indict Delgaudio, but the panel issued a report criticizing the often-colorful (and always conservative) supervisor from Sterling. The grand jury cited testimony from a former employee who charged that Delgaudio required her to -- on county time -- raise money for his conservative think tank Public Advocate.

Delgaudio has consistently denied the charge, and did so again Tuesday on the lawn of the Loudoun County court complex. Reporters asked if staffers were raising money for Public Advocate.

"No. No evidence of that," Delgaudio stated firmly. "There was nothing that I intended, not at any time. I said there was no evidence of that. There never has been any evidence of that. There will never be any evidence of that."

But, because of the allegation, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors censured Delgaudio, and stripped him of his paid staff.

Democrats then circulated petitions under the auspices of an arcane Virginia law which allows judges to hold a trial and remove politicians from office for misconduct.

The state Supreme Court appointed retired Arlington Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan to oversee the case. The judge appointed Arlington's Commonwealth Attorney Theo Stamos as a special prosecutor.

On Tuesday, Stamos asked the judge to dismiss the case against Delgaudio. The Democratic Commonwealth's Attorney explained to reporters, "After examining and reexamining the charges that the petitioners brought, we just felt that we didn't have sufficient evidence to continue to trial."

Democratic activist attorney John Flannery, on behalf of the petitioners, begged the judge to go forward with a removal trial. Flannery argued that many fact issues in the Delgaudio case could be tested at an adversarial trial.

But retired Judge Paul Sheridan sided with the independent prosecutor: case dismissed.

Reporters asked the now-cleared supervisor whether he thinks it is proper during a job interview to ask potential employees about their religion and where they stand on gay marriage.

Delgaudio said: “Yes. I’m not exactly shy about my positions on traditional values. So why would I want someone to work for me that's shy about defending traditional values?”

Democrats in Loudoun County vow to target Sterling Supervisor Delgaudio when he is next up for reelection in 2015.

Delgaudio says he does plan to run for a fifth term.

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