We were a bit far south to be affected by former Loudon County Board of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, but his loss was among the few wins for LGBTQ Virginians last night.
Delgaudio took office in 1999, but had been an active conservative advocate since the early 80′s when he joined Young Americans for Freedom. There he became part of YAF’s “political theatre” holding over the top demonstrations like a “sodomy free zone” at a gay rights march in DC, and a “Man-Donkey Mock Wedding Ceremony” at a Democratic Convention.
“When the young men are sufficiently intoxicated, homosexuals dressed as pirates whisk them away to God knows where to take advantage of them sexually,” he wrote. “There are even countless stories of any number of immoral sex act [sic] being performed by open homosexuals — some even in broad daylight during the event.”
More recently, Delgaudio made headlines for his anti-gay rhetoric by calling the Paul Ryan, the newly appointed house speaker ”the Homosexual Lobby’s Trojan Horse for Speaker.”
The former BOS member’s statements revolved around a bill that Ryan voted in support of in 2007 which would have added sexual orientation to the list of protected classes in the workplace.
“Ryan co-sponsored and voted for the dangerous Gay Bill of Special Rights in 2007 (H.R. 3685) — a bill that will trample the Constitutional Rights of thousands of Americans,” wrote Delgaudio in an online petition aiming to push Ryan out of the role. “Ryan thinks he can hide from his past record of voting to throw conservatives under the bus as he runs for the most powerful position in the House. ”
But Delgaudio is not out of office, removed by Democrat Koran Saines, a Fairfax native and a Senior Human Resource Manager for Aramark.