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Seniors Honor Delgaudio

October 14, 2007

Calling Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio a "fighter for the elderly," the head of a national non-partisan senior citizens group presented Delgaudio with his group's highest honor, the Guardian of Senior's Rights Award.

60 Plus Association President Jim Martin made the presentation to Delgaudio Friday night at Santini's Restaurant. Martin said the Guardian Award is presented to Democrats and Republicans in Congress and to locally elected officials based on their "senior friendly" voting records and on their response to senior citizen issues.

Martin cited Delgaudio's stated opposition to the tax on Social Security benefits, his support to lift the limit on what seniors can earn without losing part of their benefits, as well as his support to repeal the Death Tax which hurts small businesses, farmers, and seniors.

"Supervisor Delgaudio has consistently worked to reduce wasteful spending and opposed tax increases," said Martin. "And to those liberals who call death tax repeal a tax break for the rich or a tax break for Paris Hilton, I say that's a con job of the first order and an insult to small businesses all over Virginia. The rich avoid the tax by setting up trusts and foundations to protect their assets, the Gates, Kennedy, Rockefeller and Hilton Foundations' to name a few.

"I am pleased to present this award to Eugene Delgaudio. He has always been a tax cutter. 60 Plus calls on nearly 4.5 million seniors for support nationally, with over 90,000 in Virginia so I believe I can speak on behalf of seniors when I say that they can count on Eugene Delgaudio. Clearly, seniors in Loudoun have no finer friend than Eugene Delgaudio.

"I've observed politics for half-a-century. Nobody, but nobody surpasses Eugene Delgaudio in honesty and devotion to duty. He's one of the few who truly matches deed to rhetoric. Loudoun is lucky to have him."

Previous recipients of 60 Plus Association awards include Virginia's senior U.S. Senator John Warner (R), as well as Senators' Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Virginia Republican Reps. Frank Wolf and Tom Davis.

Read the official press release (PDF) from 60 Plus.

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