LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Loudoun County supervisor Eugene Delgaudio appeared in court Tuesday morning for a hearing into whether or not he should be removed from office. The recall effort is now on hold after a judge recused himself from the case.
A group of opponents filed a petition with a judge last week alleging that Delgaudio is unfit to represent the Sterling district. They want him to lose his seat under a law that allows removal for neglect of duty or incompetence.
The petition cites an investigation into whether or not Delgaudio used his staff to support his conservative nonprofit group, Public Advocate of the United States. A former aide sparked the investigation when he said Delgaudio used county resources and staff to benefit his political campaign.
At a hearing Tuesday, Eugene Delgaudio was defiant as ever as he appeared in a Loudoun County court.
Judge Burke McCahill said all Loudoun County judges are recusing themselves. The state Supreme Court will now appoint a judge to hear the case.
A new judge from outside Loudoun County is likely to appoint a special prosecutor for the case so there will be no conflict and there is some indication that Delgaudio will then ask for a non jury trial.
Tuesday, Supervisor Delgaudio released the following statement:
"We are here this morning because one of my former opponents is unhappy with my being re-elected Sterling Supervisor.
During this process, as I have always done, I will continue to represent the interests of residents of Sterling.
I will continue to see that potholes are repaired and liter is picked up.
This Saturday, at 9 AM I ask interested citizens to turn out for liter pick up at Briar Patch Park on Sterling Blvd.
I will continue to work to secure funding for building a walkway between Rolling Ridge Elementary School and the Sheriff's Station which has been requested by the parents and PTA.
I will continue to work for a new community center, a new safety center and new sidewalks, which are all badly needed.
I have faith in God and trust at some point this ordeal will be over."