Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In defense of Delgaudio’s ex-employee, her attorney responds to comments from the Sterling supervisor’s lawyer.
Wednesday, February 20
Eugene Delgaudio and his lawyer are trying to blame the victim for the effects of his own misconduct. Their allegation that Donna Mateer distributed the documents supporting her complaints, "to dozens of political activists she hoped would support her," is utterly false. Ms. Mateer did everything in her power to resolve the issue quietly and without political implications. First, she approached the county Human Resources department and Chairman York. The HR department stated it was powerless to help staff aides. Mr. York asked her for documenation, which Ms. Mateer provided to him. After that, Mr. York never contacted Ms. Mateer again. As we now know, York withheld those documents from prosecutor Stamos during her first review. On the …
While an investigation moves forward, political opponents plot campaigns and one group organizes recall, Delgaudio defiant.
During the past year, Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R) has come under fire from multiple directions, with the heat building during the past week. A special prosecutor investigating an aide’s accusation that the supervisor asked her to do campaign work on county time appears to be assembling a grand jury to consider an indictment, while a new group calling itself Sterling Deserves Better organized to push for the supervisor’s recall. In addition, an opponent has already launched a campaign against Delgaudio for the 2015 election. Although, he opposes the recall ... at least or now. In the past, Delgaudio’s attorney, Charles L. King, has called for critics to allow the investigation to run its course. In Tuesday’s message, King …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Loudoun Democrats have been critical of county board’s response to accusations.
Friday, February 15
The Loudoun County Democratic Committee issued the following statement Feb. 13: The Washington Post reported this morning that the Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney, Theo Stamos, has empaneled a grand jury to hear evidence against Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio. Delgaudio has been under investigation for months for his alleged misuse of office staff in improper political fundraising activities. Allegations were first made against Delgaudio one year ago, but those allegations were kept under wraps by Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York until Caitlin Gibson of the Washington Post uncovered the story last September. Since the allegations became public, the Loudoun County Democratic Committee has consistently called for an …
Residents are invited to join Sterling Deserves Better for a discussion about the investigation of the supervisor.
A newly formed group motivated by the goal of ousting Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) has formed and has scheduled a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Sterling Library. “It is imperative that the people of Sterling take every measure available by law to prevent Eugene Delgaudio from continuing to expose the county to additional legal liability, to misuse county resources, and to deny the people of Sterling the representation that they deserve,” a press release from Sterling Deserves Better reads. “This town hall will explain and begin the petition to recall the Sterling supervisor who does not represent the priorities of Sterling residents.” The Washington Post reported this week that a special prosecutor …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
According to the Washington Post, the investigation into wrongful use of staff aide is moving to next phase.
Investigators looking into allegations from a former aide of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R) that he required her to conduct campaign related calls while working in the Sterling supervisor’s office have begun forming a grand jury panel, according to a story in the Washington Post today. The post reported that two people confirmed being questioned for the panel. Delgaudio’s aide accused the supervisor of requiring her to set up campaign fundraising calls while on the supervisor’s county office payroll. Delgaudio has denied any wrongdoing, saying that the only fundraising he intended was for a local youth sports league. Delgaudio's attorney has called on critics to wait for the results of the investigation. Critics have accused the Loudoun …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thwarted by attempts to obtain materials through FOIA, the group plans to appeal.
A group of local Democrats – all former members of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee – have vowed to press on with the pursuit of information they say they was wrongly withheld regarding the investigation of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling). A special prosecutor is investigating allegations by a former Delgaudio aide that the work he asked her to perform violated the law. Delgaudio has denied any wrongdoing. Real Advocate PAC – an apparent play on the name of the organization Delgaudio works for in his private time, Public Advocate of the United States – contends that the Loudoun General District Court should have turned over documents related to the case following a previous Freedom of Information request. The county failed …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The lawyer for the Sterling supervisor responds to comments at York’s town hall meeting.
Responding to the discussion at the town hall meeting hosted by the Hon. Scott K. York, Charlie King, attorney for Supervisor Delgaudio, issued the following response: If anybody warned Chairman York last Tuesday’s meeting was a bad idea, he should have listened. Since the Chairman admitted keeping Ms. Mateer’s documents was his decision alone, his remarks dispel any notion Supervisor Delgaudio acted behind the scenes to derail an inquiry. Since when is the Chairman's file cabinet an evidence locker? His mistaken belief he could keep the documents because he expected the prosecutor to call Ms. Mateer would be plausible for a few weeks, but not longer. As the Chairman said he started the investigation, there are now two official versions of…
Friday, November 16, 2012
The supervisor’s attorney responds to those critical of a canceled meeting about the issue.
"Future events will show Chairman York acted wisely by not scheduling the announced special meeting. Everybody, including bloggers, needs to be patient and let Ms. Stamos do her job. When she is done, the Board can decide what actions, if any, to take. Until Ms. Stamos [Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos] has finished, it is best for all directly involved in the process not to comment publicly to avoid compromising the investigation.” Charlie King, attorney for Supervisor Delgaudio, responding to the cancellation of an announced special meeting that was to be held Nov. 20
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Supervisor wants Eugene Delgaudio removed during investigation of aide’s complaint against him.
UPDATE: Nov. 20 meeting on Delgaudio investigation canceled. Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) announced in his latest newsletter that a Nov. 20 meeting scheduled to discuss the investigation of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) has been canceled. The board has rescheduled its Finance/Government Service & Operations Committee meeting to Nov. 20. Here is the statement from York's newsletter: "During the November 7 Board Meeting, I announced that the second Business Meeting on November 20 would be cancelled because of the meeting falling on Thanksgiving week. Due to information received by the County Attorney’s office on the 8th of November, there was consideration of a Board of Supervisors special …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
After pressure from a local PAC and county Democrats, a legal investigation moves forward.
Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman on Thursday requested the Loudoun Circuit Court to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a complaint made by a former legislative aide to Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R). The request came after the Loudoun County Attorney’s office provided additional materials provided to the Commonwealth’s Attorney. A previous review did not result in further legal action, but a lawsuit by the Real Advocate political action committee revealed that additional information existed that the Plow’s office had not reviewed. A Circuit Court judge appointed Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theophani Stamos to the case. Copies of Plowman’s motion and the Court’s order can be found online. Because…