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Statement of the Hon. Eugene Delgaudio on Restoration of Sterling Supervisor Budget

July 17, 2014

Statement of the Hon. Eugene Delgaudio on Restoration of Sterling Supervisor Budget
July 16, 2014

Supervisor Delgaudio made a motion to restore his budget and it was seconded

Text of Motion:

I move the Board of Supervisors restore Supervisor Delgaudio's district funds , to include the hiring of staff aides, effective the first day of this fiscal year July 1, 2014, for the full amount under the normal district budget of $120,597 per fiscal year with the condition that Mr. Delgaudio abide fully by all Board policies relating to staff aides.

Opening Statement.

Chairman York and Members of the Board of Supervisors,

I have submitted an action item to restore funding for my Supervisor's office and move the Board to act favorably on this item.

A man can suffer no greater terror than to be accused and punished for acts he did not commit.
Between the publication of the Washington Post Article on September 25, 2012 and the filing of the motion to dismiss the removal suit on June 24, 2014, I lived under a terrible cloud of public suspicion.

I did not know whether I would be charged with a crime, made to endure a public trial or removed from office.

I was sanctioned by this Board, removed from all Board committees and my staff was taken from me.

I was the subject of a scathing Washington Post editorial and publicly scourged by my political opponents.

I had to spend a considerable sum of money to defend myself.

After a secret grand jury was empanelled to consider allegations I knew to be untrue, I often thought of the bank officer, Josef K., in Franz Kafka's The Trial.

During this time of tribulation, I was sustained by my faith in God, the strength of my wife, Sheila, my confidence in the American legal system and the gentle kindness of those who always believed in me.

To those who never doubted me, there are simply no words to express my gratitude. I will always be humbled by the support you gave me in my time of need.

I am especially grateful to all of the citizens of Sterling for their encouragement.

My greatest fear was I would somehow be denied the opportunity to prove the allegations against me were untrue. I believe the analysis of the evidence Ms. Stamos included in her motion to dismiss brings this matter to an end.

Despite what happened to me, I bear no ill will towards anyone.

There is no rancor in my heart. My faith is one of forgiveness.

I have forgiven those who spoke untruths about me. I have forgiven those who said unkind words about me. I have forgiven those who judged me too quickly.

For me to be bitter would serve no purpose.

If there is a lesson here, it is a reaffirmation what distinguishes our nation from all others is a justice system where the search for the truth is paramount.

Let us put this matter behind us tonight and go forward and do the business of the citizens of Loudoun County and of Sterling.

God Bless America.

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