Immediately before the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted last week to formally censure Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and remove his authority over his district budget, Board Chairman Scott K. York urged fellow members of the Republican party to say “enough is enough” to the controversial Sterling supervisor.
But this week, local Republican officials and some members of the Loudoun County Republican Committee voiced support for Delgaudio, who was the subject of a months-long criminal investigation after a former staff aide alleged that he used his county office for political gain.
A special grand jury concluded the investigation last month with no indictment. But the jurors took the unusual step of releasing a detailed report that identified numerous problems with Delgaudio’s public office — concerns that led the all-Republican county Board of Supervisors to take strong disciplinary action against the supervisor last week.
At the Loudoun County Republican Committee meeting Monday, a majority of about 80 people in attendance expressed support for Delgaudio, according to officials who were present at the meeting. A formal resolution, requesting that the board reconsider its actions against Delgaudio and offer him a chance to defend himself, was proposed at the meeting but did not come up for a vote; the committee was about a dozen members short of the number needed to vote on a resolution, according to officials.