Eugene Delgaudio

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Eugene Delgaudio (R) is a lesser-known politician from the Washington, DC suburb of Loudoun County, Virginia. where he sits on the Board of Supervisors. Elected for the first time, in 1999, running unopposed, he was re-elected in 2003 in a heated election versus rival Democrat Doug Reimel. On the Loudoun County board, Delgaudio tends to be opposed to tax hikes in the region, and against various slow-growth initiatives; following the Republican realignment that occurred following the 2003 election, several of these key initiatives have since been rolled back or cancelled.

In 2002, the Washington Post published an article titled, "Anti-Tax In Loudoun, Anti-Gay Everywhere", in which they outline Delgaudio's little-known involvement as executive director of the group Public Advocate of the United States. For its part, Public Advocate is, on the surface, a typical "Family Values" lobbying group. However, As the Post article points out, Public Advocate has been known to support a vehemently anti-gay platform, and indeed has been known to express these ideas, both in postal mailings and even in theatric "performances" outside Capitol Hill. Per the Post:

"You'll see men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to 'pick out' a little boy for themselves," read a 1998 letter from Delgaudio seeking money to fight gay adoptions.

Delgaudio targets "pro-homosexual" politicians from both parties, using media-ready skits that he calls "conservative political street theater." Past productions include a "Man-Donkey Mock Wedding Ceremony" outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and a "Perverts for Cellucci" rally to protest President Bush's nomination of then-Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci to be ambassador to Canada.

Delgaudio has in the past stated that his involvement with Public Advocate and his position on the Loudoun County BOS have little in common, but in what turned out to be a fierce re-election campaign, Delgaudio invoked his opponent sexual orientation in campaign literature. Once again, this was covered by the Washington Post but to little avail, as Delgaudio was re-elected by a narrow margin for a second four year term.

In 2004, with regards to Delgaudio's anti-gay agenda, he met with notable U.S. Senators such as Trent Lott and John McCain in July to discuss the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment (story here); locally, he argued in October that new "anti-bullying" public school initiatives in the County should not have special provisions for gay students (story here).

In 2003, Delgaudio's brother Richard, a prominent Republican fundraiser and activist, was convicted in Maryland for the production -- not possession, but production -- of child pornography.

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