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Gay-Basher Eugene Delgaudio Isn’t Fond of Immigrants, Either

By Hatewatch Staff on July 23, 2012 - 4:45 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Loudon County, Va., Board Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio has already been widely called out for his furious attacks on LGBT people — most notably in 2010, when he referred to transgender people as “it” during a public meeting. That brought an official rebuke from five of his colleagues on the county governing board for his comments, given as head of the gay-bashing Public Advocate of America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has listed as a hate group since last year.

What’s far less known is Delgaudio’s anti-immigrant vitriol. In recent years, Delgaudio has attacked immigrants in a number of extremist venues.

Most notably, and in his role as a county supervisor, Delgaudio in January 2009 participated in a press conference conducted by a group long listed by SPLC as a hate group — the Social Contract Press (SCP), run by avid white nationalists and fellow immigrant-bashers including Editor Wayne Lutton. Lutton has a long history of association with groups like the Council of Conservative Citizens (black people are a “retrograde species of humanity”) and the New Century Foundation (black people are plagued by “psychopathologies” unlike other races).

The press conference was held to announce the release of the SCP’s latest attack on immigrants, “The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure,” by Edwin Rubenstein, a long-time contributor to CSP, the white nationalist VDARE.com and the National Policy Institute, all listed by SPLC as hate groups. Delgaudio took the podium to lavishly praise Lutton and Rubenstein, whose presentation he called “brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.”

Delgaudio then launched into a monologue linking illegal immigrants to a variety of social ills, including high crime, foreclosures, zoning complaints, and overloading schools and the local food bank. His description of the problems allegedly created by undocumented immigrants then devolved into a real estate promotion for Sterling, Va., the heart of the area he represents on the Loudon Board of Supervisors.

Earlier, in December 2007, Delgaudio did a 25-minute interview on the TV show “Conservative Roundtable,” and its host, erstwhile presidential candidate Howard Phillips, who left more conventional right-wing politics to pursue extreme-right causes. (Phillips, who called Delgaudio a longtime friend during the show, created the Conservative Caucus, which was instrumental in encouraging the development of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority. During the 1980s, a British paper reported that Phillips visited South Africa on “promotional tours” that were supposed to boost the morale of apartheid supporters. Phillips established the extremist U.S. Taxpayers’ Party in 1992, which, among other things, called for the death penalty for abortionists. It was renamed the Constitution Party in 1999.

Delgaudio discussed illegal immigration and actions that local officials could take to keep illegal aliens from draining social services in their communities. He also touched on the anti-immigrant resolution that he sponsored that passed in Loudoun County in 2007. “Lives are at stake,” Delgaudio told Phillips. “We have men and women coming here and taking their Third World values and they’re putting them into our society and we’re allowing slave-like conditions to exist among us.”

Earlier in 2007, he was quoted in the Washington Post, stating that Loudoun County needed help against the “hordes that are coming here and using up our services.” According to the U.S. Census, about 10% of Loudoun County’s population was Latino in 2005, up from 6% in 2000. Census data from 2011 indicates that roughly 12.6% of the county’s population is Latino, while nearly 73% is white.

And in 2008, Delgaudio took heat after he claimed during a radio interview that urbanization was not to be blamed for trash and zoning complaints in Loudoun. Rather, he said, it was due to immigrants: “This is a cesspool. People are coming from outside of this culture and they are dumping their crap on the streets of our town and our town is outraged that they don’t get with the program.”

  • sydney

    If you’d had all of your money drained away because of this invasion of illegals you’d think again. it’s not immigrant bashing when i agree with LEgAL immigration. Illegal aliens on the other hand have broken our laws and should not be rewarded by giving them social services that hard-working Americans can’t even get. my husband lost two jobs because his greedy boss hired crews of illegal Mexicans who knew no English and no carpentry. my husband had to redo their work nights and weekends and in the end couldn’t meet the work deadline so lost his job. No U.C. because he’s a subcontractor and few jobs available for 60 year olds. We used all of our savings, retirement, and house remortgage $ to live on and now are POOR because of our government’s refusal to enforce our immigration laws. let people apply legally and wait their turn not reward those who sneak across our border. 23 million American out of work and obama’s considering an amnesty! It will cost the U.S. $2.6 trillion not only in social services but healthcare, etc. We can’t afford it. Yes someof us are immigrants but LEGAL. We are either a land of laws or just lawless. the reason so many want to come here is that citizenship is priceless, yet we are giving it away for nothing to people who think nothing of trashing our country. 25 Americans a day are killed by illegal aliens with 1/3 being repeat criminals. http://www.illegalprotest.com, http://www.illegalaliencrime.com are two sites which report with references and documentation thousands of crimes committed by illegal aliens which the main stream media won’t report. do some research and the truth will come out. I live surrounded by illegals of many nationalities. I’m not prejudice but am very angry that we have nothing because our laws are unenforced and illegals are pandered to for votes. Illegals get welfare before needy American citizens. my son has had two back operations and needs another to help him walk without pain but we can’t afford it. if an illegal needed the same our government would give him u.s. citizen’s tax dollars to pay for it, but not my son who has paid into the system for 23 years. He’s 40 and has no life due ot constant pain. he went to the welfare office but they told him they don’t have enough money to help him. The waiting room was full of mexican illegals. guess who gets the money and the help……not us.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Rey, you beat me to the punch.

    Well played.

  • Reynardine

    The name, “Del Gaudio”, is Italian for “of delight”; but as I stated earlier, his ancestors clearly came over on the ships of that other Italian, Columbus, along with the Tancredos.

  • Mike Martinez

    With a name like Delgaudio which is either Spanish or Italian—his ancestors were once immigrants too—-so he hates them too. How about my dad who came over during the Mexican revolution in 1919 to become an American—would this man hate him too? If so, Mr. Delgaudio—you are totally delusional and; mentally sick.

  • Terry Washington

    Doesn’t Delgaudio sound Italian or something like that? Reminds me of the old joke . Seamus(Irish) says to Guido (Italian)- “You know, America used to be a great place before all these(insert expletive here) immigrants stated coming in with their funny sounding names and strange religious practises!

  • BobGlover

    I subscribe to Delgaudio’s Public Advocate mailings, under a pseudonym as I do for several other reactionary hate groups because I want to know what these fools are doing and how serious a danger they pose to people I know. Almost every problem that the U. S. faces today, the federal deficit, corruption in Congress and the sluggish economy are due, in Delgaudio’s mind to “a dangerous homosexual agenda.” He’s lately branched out into rabid xenophobic rants against immigrants in his neck of the woods. He’s also mentioned lately that the SPLC has “targeted” him and his Public Advocate organization in an effort to silence him and deny his First Amendment right to free speech. What most of his messages consist of is begging for money to continue his fight against the nonexistent “dangerous homosexual agenda” rampant in America. If the SPLC didn’t exist, he’d have to invent it to stay in operation. What scares me is the fact that there are people out there across our fruited plain that will continue to fund this @sshole’s efforts.

  • CoralSea

    Aron — I don’t like to seem snooty or to “classify” people, but what you wrote is definitely true in many cases. I do have admiration for families with “old” money that actually manage to instill values and a sense of duty in their off-spring–that can be tough, but of course, the alternative is either very spoiled young people (who grow into very spoiled and often vicious old people) or kids who live in the basement eating cat food waiting for someone to die so they can inherit.

    Having dated examples of both the spoiled and the lazy, catfood eating rich family offspring, I can tell you that there is a reason that they usually put a little window in the ladies’ rooms of restaurants — so you can climb the hell out and escape.

    And some people who possess recently earned wealth can be cool — they don’t let it go to their heads or build monstrosities that alter entire ecosystems and they do help others out. BTW — for all of the rather snippy comments I’ve made about my parents, they take giving money to deserving causes very seriously, although you aren’t going to find plaques to them anywhere. I respect that, and although I am of much more modest means and have supported myself since college, I have attempted whenever possible to follow their example.

    Still, I experience a certain evil glee when the ostentatious fall on their butts. I also enjoy the little telling signs that separate old money in regard to clothes, decor, activities, vehicles, from new money. Old money possessions are often a little worn or a little out of date, although of fine quality (except for cars — horrible, bucket-of-bolts trucks are still often a mark of pride among old money people who live in the country). New money people will often make clueless comments, like, “Gee, that looks like it’s been around for a while,” or “Huh, where did you get that?” in regard to the well-worn be-spoke or even inherited formal attire or in regard to fine old jewelry with mine-cut (as opposed to brilliant cut) diamonds. Little do they know that they have marked themselves as “terribly recent.”

    Terrible on the part of the old money people, I know (but also lusciously fun).

    Finally, the thing I most disliked about living in a wealthy area and coming from a “good” (read — old money) family was what an idiot you realized you were once you hit your twenties or so and were out in the world and you realized that all of the people who used to be nice and solicitous toward you and who complemented and coddled you only did so because of who your family members were; that when you met them in other circumstances some years later and they didn’t recognize you, they clearly wouldn’t cross the street to pee on you if you were on fire. I much prefer to be liked or disliked on my own merits. At least now, the people with whom I associate like me (or not) for me (well, also, for the help I can give them with environmental projects) (e.g., “That’s Ms. Bitch to you!”)

    Enough. People are people, but I still prefer the middle and working classes. They cut you a lot more slack. I do miss the horses, though.

    Enjoy your Martha’s Vineyard house. Places like that are magical and special–especially because you do leave them from time to time.

  • Reynardine

    Oh, I come from old money. I come from very old money. I come from money so old it dried up and blew away before I ever saw it.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    CoralSea, that a brilliant description of what I believe is the difference between Old and New Money. While I’m hardly Old Money myself (much less Any Money At All), I’ve always tended to side with the Oldies, simply for the reason that by and large, they have more respect for other people.

    My family is lucky enough to have a delightful home on Martha’s Vineyard, and it brings me tremendous sadness to see some I these enormous mansions being built with expansive lawns, at the expense of nature. For a perfect example, I recommend googling the Boch Estate in Edgartown to see what too much new money, and little old sense can do to a beautiful piece of property.

    Again, a wonderful piece that I thoroughly enjoyed reading :)

  • CoralSea

    Erika — since I “came out” earlier as having had a “patrician upbringing,” I have to say that I loved your post! One of the other issues confronting the very wealthy area in which I lived (which had been “infiltrated” by people who weren’t all that wealthy and had houses that had no furniture), was “garbage” and “zoning” issues.

    There was a big uproar over the fact that some people (either really rich or struggling to appear so) would drop their garbage off at the ends of their neighbors’ driveways so they didn’t have to pay for garbage pick-up services–but their neighbors were charged double! You haven’t lived until you’ve watched people driving Mercedes pull up and discretely dump bags of garbage at their neighbors trash pickup stops, and then drive off to whatever the hell boardroom they haunted. Then, there were some who would just dump their garbage in wooded areas (saw my first pornography retrieved from such “fly dumping”). Such activities occasionally resulted in fistfights among men in be-spoke business suits and/or riding clothes clad housewives!

    And then there was the issue of people fighting over landscaping and wildlife: Most of the “old money” people liked lots of wildlife and they liked allowing the countryside to look like countryside (wild — with some discrete lawn and garden areas just around houses or along driveways). Some of the new people were horrified at the “mess” of “weeds and trees” and, after buying significant acreage, would clear it entirely and/or partially, and then do battle with the remaining Great Horned Owls and other critters that they were sure where going to carry off their kids.

    One angry “old money” and rather cantankerous neighbor of some of these new people who had ripped the shit out of the land and then attempted to shoot some of the wildlife (including a Great Horned Owl and some Great Blue Herons) with a shotgun, attacked their house with a bulldozer that he rented specifically for that purpose (it was wonderfully entertaining, to say the least). The new people finally fled into the night, after the owl continued to “terrorize” them.

    In one notable example, a family called the cops on a flock of starlings, which, starling-like, were flocking around in the fall in preparation to migrating. These people were cowering in their multi-million dollar home, sure that Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” was about to be repeated. The “man” of the family was a corporate raider type who also managed to get listed one year by BusinessWeek as one of the ten most abusive bosses in the U.S. (he also yelled at me because my horse pooped on the bridle-path at the edge of his bald, lawn-bound property — HELLO? have you ever heard of a right-of-way).

    It was sad that people who really didn’t want to live in the country moved there because it was where “rich people lived.” It also got nasty when some of the “new” people (and it was the “new” people–the old people thought it was fine) got all hot and bothered because people from the nearby town, who were of modest means and, in some cases, weren’t “white” were barred from fishing in some of the local lakes where everyone had always fished, but were now locked behind ugly, stupid, barbed-wire topped fences.

    Currently, the big issue (according to my parents, who still live there) is lighting: some people (new people, again) have installed more lighting than a prison to ensure that miscreants (and deadly owls) won’t penetrate their owls, while those who actually want it to be dark at night are livid with rage. Attorneys are involved and even PR people.

    I’m so glad I live in a nice, middle-class neighborhood where weird people don’t have the financial resources to do anything too bad.

  • Joseph

    Yeah – I was being a smart arse.

  • ModerateMike

    This is yet another example of how skillfully the members of the WN movement have integrated their own agenda into what could otherwise have been an objective discussion of how to manage the county’s growth. Instead, Delguadio is fighting evils such as foreclosure and crime by working to eject the people who are making the house payments and raising their kids.

  • CM

    Erika,

    Eastern Loudoun is right – he’s in Sterling, and if he lived a quarter-mile farther east, he’d be out of the county. But it gets worse – he doesn’t even own a detached house, it’s a condo. He paid $189,000 for it in 2003, and it’s now assessed at just $167,000.

    And this by a guy who’s gotten at least one-fourth of his $300,000-plus in campaign contributions since 1999 from home builders and developers, according to Virginia State Board of Elections figures. That total may seem small, but it’s pretty large by Virginia county election standards. And it shows what a big part of the problem is: Delgaudio can publicly advocate any evil, crazy thing he wants, but as long as he keeps supporting more suburban sprawl, he’ll get the money he needs to keep getting reelected.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Joseph, I really appreciate the mind words. Though I think you may have misunderstood Philip ;)

  • Joseph

    Philip: I agree with you…Aron does speak his mind and he is worth supporting. Thanks for taking the time to notice his post. Have a good one there buddy.

  • Reynardine

    Ian, did anybody check to see (a) what pharmaceuticals Delgaudio is takiing; (b) what ones he should be taking; and (c) whether this was one of his erotic dreams?

  • Erika

    Sam, add in Kansas and you have the new nation of Teabagistan where the Koch Brothers can rule directly and enact all of their policy goals.

  • Reynardine

    Aron, Philip is just another screwdriver.

  • Ian

    The full e-mail is available below:

    http://www.thewashingtonnote.c....._delgaudi/

  • Ian

    Submitted for your enjoyment, a typical Delgaudio fundraising letter:

    But hard work is not enough. Items like mail, stamps, and even this email cost money.

    That is why I ask you to make a generous donation after you complete the American Morality survey today.

    One stormy night I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself.

    As I rounded the final turn my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses.

    Trembling with worry I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined.

    Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling.

    My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. And still more petitions were flying off the press.

    Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, “Delgaudio what are you doing here?” Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized.

    As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, “This time Delgaudio we can’t lose.”

    Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Homosexuals could win.

    You see, even though homosexuals are just 1% of the population, if every one sent a petition to Congress it would generate a tidal wave of two or three million petitions or more.

    Hundreds of thousands of pro-homosexual petitions will soon flood Congress , and my friends in Congress tell me there’s virtually nothing on Capitol Hill from the tens of millions of Americans like you who oppose the radical Homosexual Agenda and the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

    I made up my mind that night to write to you and as many other patriotic Americans as possible. To stop the Radical Homosexuals and protect traditional marriage there must be an immediate outpouring from folks like you.

    Will you help?

    Homosexual activists mock me in the halls of Congress. They say it’s too late because Americans like you don’t care enough to help, especially with the Democrats in control of Congress and the White House.

    They say you support them. I tell them they are lying. They just laugh and tell me to give up.

    Are they right? Should I just give up and let the Radical Homosexuals win?

    Will you fight?

    [...]

    I’ve identified nearly 10 million families I believe would join our struggle for morality if only I can reach them. That’s more than twice as many as all the homosexuals in America … and most of these families represent two or three voters each. But without your financial help, I’ll never be able to reach them.

    My hope is you care enough to contribute sacrificially so I can reach these families.

    A generous gift of $25 will let Public Advocate reach 45 more families. $50 will help us rally more than 97 homes. And a special gift of $100 will generate over 215 contacts.

    Only you know whether a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $500 or more is best suited to your budget.

    I ask you to do what you can.I’ve identified nearly 10 million families I believe would join our struggle for morality if only I can reach them. That’s more than twice as many as all the homosexuals in America … and most of these families represent two or three voters each. But without your financial help, I’ll never be able to reach them.

    My hope is you care enough to contribute sacrificially so I can reach these families.

    A generous gift of $25 will let Public Advocate reach 45 more families. $50 will help us rally more than 97 homes. And a special gift of $100 will generate over 215 contacts.

    Only you know whether a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $500 or more is best suited to your budget.

    I ask you to do what you can.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Yes Philip, because we’re all censoring you. Even when you make up false accusations like Delgaudio.

    Be gone, troll.

  • Erika

    not a surprise – the outer northern Virginia suburbs are full of selfish greedy people who want to have the big house and big SUV but can’t really afford it so they live in Prince William, eastern Loudon (western Loudon is horse country and home of extremely rich people who consider people like Delgaudio and the people who voted him into office to practically be barbarian invaders), or Stafford County where the price of housing is lower. Since they are trying to look rich but feel threatened by the possibility of their facade collasping they naturally gravitate to far right politics.

    Its all part of keeping up appearances. By being anti-immigrant – and racist – they can pretend that they are living in eastern Loudon, Prince William, or Stafford Counties due to wanting to get away from Latinos and blacks rather than not being able to afford to live in Fairfax, Arlington, or Alexandria.

  • Sam Molloy

    Maybe we can give all these like thinking people their own state, Oklahoma maybe. No Blacks, only C&W and Polka music. A mush mouth hillbilly version of English will be the state language. And same sex will mean just that…the same sex night after night.

  • Philip

    It’s rare in this PC age for people to speak their mind like this. This fellow sounds like someone worth supporting.

  • Reynardine

    It sounds like Delgaudio would rather like slave-like condtions, as long as he’s the master. Also, it sounds like his ancestors came over on the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, just like the Tancredos.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Zoning complaints? ZONING COMOLAINTS? This is the horror that immigrants are wreaking on Loudon County?

    If that’s the worst they can come up with, I’d say it sounds pretty idyllic! And with an median family income around $110,000, I think Delgaudio might want to shut his pie hole.