The LCDC Only Has Itself To Blame

By Loudoun Insider

Personally I think the controversy over the gay couple’s photo used by Public Advocate, Eugene Delgaudio’s organization, is a bit overblown.  Photos on the web get re-used all the time.

And while I agree with Delgaudio on spending issues in general I have always thought him to be an embarrassment to Loudoun County.  Just watch any single board meeting to see why.  And his position as a professional huckster who regales his members with stories of being nearly caught by pierced tattooed gay men wearing tight jeans in a warehouse full of gay pornography just adds to the embarrassment factor.

So of course Evan MacBeth and the Loudoun County Democratic Committee have to register their outrage about this.  So they get a blog post up about it with their press release included at Blue Virginia, the premier Virginia Democratic blog, and get … 0 comments.  Yep, a big goose egg.

If they can’t get their party faithful worked up about this, then how to they expect this to resonate with voters in Delgaudio’s district?  The Dems have had their chance to unseat Delgaudio time after time, and they’ve put up one dud after another and lost every time.  They seem to be much more interested in making a statement with their candidate choices then in actually winning the elections.  In every single election they have had a large number of Loudoun Republicans ready and willing to help them get rid of this guy, usually to have them rebuffed or turned off by the poor candidates the LCDC recruits.  As I have hypothesized before, I wonder if they secretly want to keep him around just to have him to vilify Republicans in general with.  Maybe the zero comments at Blue Virginia shows that the party faithful knows what the deal is.


  • mosborn says:

    I understand the need to bash the LCDC on TC, but consider:

    Washington Post article = 353 comments
    Daily Kos article = 117 comments
    Atlantic Monthly = 46 comments

    The LCDC is doing SOMETHING. What’s TC doing?

  • The problem with LCDC is that, on the one hand, they don’t want to put a stake in the ground and say “we stand for this!” And they don’t do that because the candidates don’t do that. See, for example Tim Kaine’s LTM op-ed where he sides with the Catholic Bishops over the phony “religious liberty” meme.

    So the Democrats don’t stand for anything, their mission is “to get candidates elected”, but they don’t know *how* to do that, and they can’t energize their base, because they don’t stand for anything… Does that make sense?

    And on the Republican side, you have far-right candidates like Ramadan and Wolf who are attacked from the farther-right, and they grow their activists with tax dollars, and set up a patronage system for the faithful like Bob Wertz… The Republican machine has a bench four deep, a sophisticated network of propaganda outlets, a finely tuned and growing finance function, and an unmovable set of issues to energize the disparate bases.

    It’s not all LCDC’s fault. They are really behind the power curve, and that makes it difficult to rebuild.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    What is the LCDC doing mosborn?

  • mosborn says:

    “What is the LCDC doing mosborn?”

    They’ve condemned him, publicly and frequently. They’ve protested outside of his events.

    All they HAVEN’T done is get him out of office. But they can’t all vote in Sterling.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Ahh… so they are reacting to him.

    Until the LCDC starts to show some community leadership and outreach, it isn’t going to look like the alternative to guys like Delgaudio — it will only look like the other side of the same stupid political coin.

    Protesting outside of his events? How about organizing a Sterling clean up day, a blood or food drive, or something to help our military families?

    Fighting the culture wars is not where you are going to build, or rebuild, your reputation.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    mosborn, if you’ve been following TC for any time you know that it is consistently critical of Delgaudio. And the LCDC held the majority power on the last BOS and lost EVERYTHING, primarily due to overreach, with a heavy helping of incompetence and obnoxious hubris that turned off too many voters. For as bad as the LCRC is, they consistently win in Loudoun County because the LCDC is even worse.

  • mosborn says:

    LI – I graduated to blissful residence in Loudoun just in time for the last round of elections, so I’ll admit that I can’t claim to know much of the history of the LCDC before the last two years.

    But they ARE involved (and yes Ed, that includes cleaning up streets and helping out military locally. Just because you’re not aware of it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening).

    So TC is critical of DelGaudio. The LCDC is critical of DelGaudio. Maybe ya’ll should get together?

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I am an equal opportunity criticizer of crummy politicians of both parties, including those from the LCDC, so they are not big fans of me. Rather than winning against Delgaudio with the kind of candidate that could beat him, they would rather try to beat him with an approved minority candidate to prove some kind of social justice point. The LCDC has consistently rebuffed help from Republicans who want to be rid of Delgaudio.

    As I said, if there’s one certainty in Loudoun politics it’s that the LCDC is always worse than the rancid LCRC. Case in point – take a look at that photo in the Blue Virginia post. It shows LCRC Chairman Mark Sell dressed up as the “Thought Control Police” looking like a Delgaudio disciple. Yet that guy led the LCRC to a complete 9-0 sweep of LCDC candidates in the last Supervisor elections. If you’re a new Loudoun Democrat that should keep you from sleeping at night.

    9-0 sweep by the Thought Control Police dress-up guy. Great job, LCDC.

  • liz says:

    The LCDC came pretty close with Jeanne West, despite her refusal to go negative.

  • liz says:

    This is itching at me.

    The thing is, when The Loudoun Times Mirror calls his day job of spreading hatred and bigotry “antics”; when his constituency in Sterling doesn’t really seem to give a shit that he is a bigot and a liar and a scoundrel and a thief; when people laugh and call him a clown and say, “oh! That’s just Eugene!”, then efforts to oust him become an uphill battle.

    In other words, Eugene is a horrible, bigoted, corrupt, clown. But he’s Sterling’s horrible, bigoted, corrupt, clown. The only way to oust him is for someone as enmeshed in the Sterling psyche to run against him. Someone almost everyone in the community would recognize as being authentically Sterling.

    I can name 10 such people.

    Most are Republicans.

    Why aren’t they primarying him?

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Forget “primary” there will never be one in the LCRC, it will be a convention with tons of opportunities for game playing and nonsense. The last time someone tried it was George Hidy and he was easily defeated – there are just too many hard core LCRC activists to overwhelm any opposition at a convention. Combine that with the developer money that ED rakes in and those developers’ ability to stack a convention with employees and it’s a tough proposition to beat him in an LCRC contest.

    Plus you get the Bill Dean Times to endorse Delgaudio in addition to Bill Dean giving him a boatload of money!

  • liz says:

    Other than the convention, you have just listed all the reasons why the LCDC hasn’t been able to unseat him either.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    “(and yes Ed, that includes cleaning up streets and helping out military locally. Just because you’re not aware of it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening).”

    Did/does it make news somewhere? It didn’t show up where I look — and I look. If the folks that are paying attention don’t know, what do you think the people that aren’t paying attention know?

    Jeanne West would have been a great supervisor for Sterling…

  • mosborn says:

    “Did/does it make news somewhere?”

    Maybe not. But the only way the LCDC can control that is by issuing press releases. Which is exactly what they did with this particular Eugene issue.

  • BTownite says:

    MOsborn, what does picking up trash on Route 7 do to help the Democrats elect someone? It’s nice sure, but irrelevant.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    BTownite, it’s not irrelevant.

    It’s a good strategy for both internal and external reasons and the Ds have problems with both.

    And the trash get’s picked up.

  • mosborn says:

    “what does picking up trash on Route 7 do to help the Democrats elect someone?”

    I didn’t say it has anything to do with electing a Dem in Sterling. I just mentioned that the LCDC did it in response to eb asking “How about organizing a Sterling clean up day?”

    You think it’s irrelevant, I think it’s evidence that the LCDC has a commitment to a community that keeps electing a bigot.

  • BTownite says:

    Eb, yeah, it shows they care. And that’s great. Not many folks know that they do it. And it hasn’t helped the community elect a non-bigot.

    So so far we have the LCDC is 1) picking up trash and 2) sending out press releases when Delgaudio does something that deserves to be called out. What else? Asking because I don’t know.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Sounds like they’re doing every thing but electing Democrats to office!

  • edmundburkenator says:

    People elect Ds or Rs to office, not parties.

  • R Nolan says:

    Honestly I think one of the reasons ED continues to get re-elected (and isn’t replaced by the LCRC with a better candidate) is… location… How many “politicians” on either side really want to live in Sterling Park?

    Jeanne West has lived in Sterling Park since the 70s and it’s a shame she lost because I can’t really think of any other good replacements on either political side who live in Sterling Park or who would consider moving there.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Attacks on Sterling work wonders electorally.

    It works every time, in fact.

  • ACTivist says:

    “So TC is critical of DelGaudio. The LCDC is critical of DelGaudio. Maybe ya’ll should get together?”


  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Exactly, ACT, anyone who criticizes Eugene Delgaudio is a Democrat. And here I thought the NVTHers had moved past the party hackery.

  • ACTivist says:

    Sterling Park use to be a nice place with older homes. Then the BOS stuck their heads in the sand when there was in influx of illegals spreading out from Herndon and turning the Park into a ghetto. The BOS STILL has their heads in the sand. If it wasn’t for Eugene then the Park would have ESL as a primary course for its residents. You seem to overlook how thoughtful and intelligent Eugene is as I can well attest thru many conversations with him. The problem you people have is that his “other” business isn’t selling beverages, green shit, doors and windows, etc., etc., etc. I can’t stand the rest of the board except Volpe. I can only vote in Sterling and I will keep voting Delgaudio everytime he runs because of what he does for the Park. No one here wants to change the name to something else, like Potomac Run, because we have pride in our neighborhoods. The rest of the BOS don’t. And the rest of the county keeps voting some real dipshits into office.

  • ACTivist says:

    LI, you know I’m going to have fun at your expense. Joking aside, do you see who your commenters are for the most part? You consistantly present a forum for them. You will always do it your way and that is fine with me. I am just giving that “outsiders” viewpoint for you to consider. That’s all.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    As I have said so many times, ACT, I call it like I see it and I could care less who reads or comments. People know where to go to get party line cheerleading if that’s what they want.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Sterling Park is a ghetto, ACTivist?

  • liz says:

    According to Delgaudio, it’s a cesspool.

  • “thoughtful and intelligent”

    Does anybody have a dictionary handy?

  • BlackOut says:

    ACT, Paterno did wonders for Penn State football. Seems with perspective things ain’t as they seem. Penn State football was full of enablers and Sterling Park is also full of enablers.

    Lots of similarities here.

  • G.stone says:

    Liz. You can name 10 such people, then please do .

  • G.stone says:

    Jonathan . After reading your post all I can say is thank God you are a Democrat. It is a gift . Really .

  • Cato the Elder says:

    “ACT, Paterno did wonders for Penn State football. Seems with perspective things ain’t as they seem. Penn State football was full of enablers and Sterling Park is also full of enablers.”

    BO is like, the best concern troll evah. (apologies to EB)

    I mean, it’s one thing to straight up Godwin a thread, not to mention intellectually lazy. It’s another entirely to create a class which is possibly even more objectionable, like child molestors, and then make your comparison. Well done, sir.

  • ACTivist says:

    EB, Sterling was turning into a ghetto. It still has many, many signs of neglect and ruination that comes from those that just don’t care how they live. It did not have those signs before the “illegal” wave.

  • ACTivist says:

    BE, you have a disgusting way of alluding to someone’s conduct and we know who you were speaking of. Now this little dirt patch of desert that escapes the interests of the rest of the county all of a sudden is “full” of enablers? Seriously? I’ll bite. Tell me, say, three and don’t include our supervisor who is the head of your hit list. Then you can explain to me what they are here, in Sterling Park, to enable.

  • ACTivist says:

    I guess if you need a dictionary for the definitions, Jonathan, that these aren’t attributes you hold but I already knew that.

  • Elder Berry says:

    Delgaudio gives every sign of being a nasty bigot who probably lied about where he was living to get elected, and whose “employer” (source of funds) has been labeled as a hate group by a reputable nonprofit civil rights organization. He or those who carry out his orders have stolen a photo and used it to fund a hate campaign against the rights and interests of those who are in and who own the photo. If I owned the photo I’d make a big deal out of it. I’d make a federal case out of it.

    Those Republicans who stand by and condone Delgaudio through action or inaction do indeed remind one of Joe Paterno. Just remember Barbara Munsey that Mussolini was defended because he made the trains run on time. You take time to comment on the effectiveness of his detractors but not on Delgaudio himself. Chicken?

  • Liz says:

    You live there, don’t you , G.?

  • Wolverine says:

    My, such weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  • Act,

    Thank you for the ad-hominim. Do you really want 10 names? How about the top 10 campaign contributors from the District? Everybody who writes for NVTH who lives in the district. Everybody who campaigns for him who lives in the district. I bet there are a lot more than ten. Open it up a little bit further and what do you find; the chair and vice-chair of the Reform Commission who donated $500 and $250 respectively to his campaign, or the blog-bully who never shies away from defending him. There are many, many enables, and they are *not* thoughtful and intelligent. Self-centered, conniving, greedy, and amoral, perhaps.


    I’m not a Democrat. Left that behind years ago. I call it like I see it and try to be “thoughtful and intelligent” and precise and factual. I put the Republican apparatus in the same category as the “10”, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to win elections.


    No weeping or gnashing of teeth here. I find it all rather amusing.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    elderberry, while you may hate me personally, my only comment to this thread, which is about the LCDC’s current inability to win elections, is that attacking Sterling doesn’t seem to produce the results the attackers want.

    As Mr. Delgaudio is now in his fourth term, I’d say it looks like I’m right.

  • ACTivist says:

    Jonathan, When you work in the kitchen, you may get burned. Your smug retort brought forth a logical response. Careful when requesting definitions–your own foot may be caught in the snare.

    I didn’t ask for 10, I asked for 3 from BlackEye and names to go with it. There are 2 posters here in the Park on NVTH. I am one of those. With all the Eugene detractors from here and all over the county I am assuming that his constituants like the job he is doing, hence why he gets re-elected. There are things about Eugene that I don’t like but the good out weighs the bad. I find it hard not to vote or promote someone that tries to reduce the size of government and stay the hell out of my personal life. And donations come from all over the county, state and country. I control none of that. So your gripe is what again? Oh, yeh-the Advocate. Got it.

  • A.E. Gnat says:

    He tries to stay out of *your* personal life. He doesn’t try to stay out of everyone’s personal life.

    As long as your personal life is consistent with his vision, he’ll stay out of it. Otherwise, all bets are off.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    “…and stay the hell out of my personal life….”

    Unless he thinks you are gay that is…

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Or have a vagina…

  • liz says:

    Or have a multi-generational household.

  • ACTivist says:

    Evidently some people can’t separate the 2 jobs he holds. I, personally, don’t read the Advocate or care about his other job as long as it doesn’t interfere with his supervisor position. I haven’t heard of him trying to ban homosexuals, vaginas or “multi-generational” (whatever that means) as supervisor. When that occurs then I will do battle. Until then, I hear a lot of sour grapes and much ado about nothing with county government.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    “When that occurs then I will do battle.”

    Act, is this kind of like how you said you would do battle once Clarke actually did NOT recuse herself when her campaign contributors had business before the board (as she promised you she would) and then when she didn’t you blew it off as no big deal – THAT kind of “battle”?

  • Wolverine says:

    I have got to credit LI with being one smart blogmeister. With the Metro vote over, he realizes that there may be a drop in blog traffic. So, he posts a thread with the name Delgaudio, knowing that this will cause the anti-Delgaudio posters to come swarming sort of Pavlovian-like out of their strongholds. Same message. They disagree with Delgaudio on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Delgaudio is evil and immoral, and so is anyone who might vote for him in Sterling Park. Delgaudio is a hater. Therefore, let us tell you how much we hate him. And how frustrated we are because he seems to beat us at the ballot box at every turn.

    No breaking news here.

    However, I must say that Elder Berry threw a somewhat new wrinkle into this one with his Mussolini analogy. I was thinking of using that one myself with regard to Obama supporters. But then I figured out that Obama can’t even make the trains run on time.

    Carry on.

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