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Va. county supervisor, anti-gay hate group leader censured by colleagues

Va. county supervisor, anti-gay hate group leader censured by colleagues

LEESBURG, Va. — Loudoun County, Va., Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling, Va.), leader of the anti-gay hate group Public Advocate of the United States, has been formally censured by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in the wake of a grand jury report that suggested he misused county funds and his staff.

Eugene Delgaudio

Following two hours of debate Wednesday, Delgaudio was stripped of any power to serve on standing committees or regional partnership organizations, his district office funds were shifted to the budgetary control of the full board, and his funds were also taken away.

The action comes following a grand jury investigation into allegations that Delgaudio misused county resources for personal and political after a staff members told the Washington Post she was often carrying out fundraising duties for the supervisor instead of working on constituent services.

The grand jury concluded its investigation in late June but did not bring an indictment against Delgaudio; instead, it took the “extraordinary” step of issuing a final overview recapping what was discovered through the process, reported the Loudoun Times Mirror.

In one instance, a witness told the grand jury that aides were told by Delgaudio to report directly to an executive assistant of Public Advocate of the United States.

Delgaudio’s Public Advocate has been designated an anti-gay “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Delgaudio is also the target of an ongoing lawsuit in U. S. District Court in Denver over alleged copyright violations by Delgaudio and his Public Advocate group brought on behalf of a New Jersey same-sex couple and their photographer by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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