Eugene Delgaudio, (R- Sterling) is one of the most polarizing politicians in Northern Virginia. The four term Sterling Supervisor in Loudoun County won his last election with more than 60% of the vote, he says by working hard for his constituents.
"The secret is knowing where all the potholes are..." he explained.
But, now, 686 Sterling residents have signed a petition to remove DelGaudio from office.
"It's old news. And there's no basis for it. There's no evidence," said Delgaudio about the allegations against him.
Attorney John Flannery is representing the Sterling citizens who have signed the petition, which was started by the organization Sterlingdeservesbetter.org, and Al Nevarez, the democrat who lost to Delgaudio in the last election.
Flannery says Delgaudio has misused his public office by mingling his personal anti-gay beliefs with his government office, forcing employees to work on his campaign, and creating a hostile work environment.
Last summer the Board of Supervisors censured Delgaudio after Donna Mateer, a former employee in Delgaudio's county office, says she was instructed to work on fundraising for his campaign. She said when he interviewed her for the job, he asked her about her views on marriage, homosexuality, and politics.
Delgaudio is the president of the conservative Public Advocate, which has been designated a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center.
Delgaudio says the designation and the Southern Poverty Law Center is all about politics. He compares himself to Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson who was temporarily removed from his show after speaking publicly against gay marriage and for traditional marriage.