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Judge recuses himself in Delgaudio ouster attempt

Tuesday - 2/4/2014, 12:13pm  ET

Loudoun Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio speaks to reporters after a court hearing regarding an effort to recall him from office Tuesday morning. (WTOP/Max Smith)

Delgaudio vows to fight recall

Max Smith, WTOP


LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- A recall effort against a Loudoun County supervisor known for anti-gay rhetoric is temporarily on hold after a judge recused himself.

Petitioners are seeking the ouster of Republican Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio under a rarely used Virginia law that allows a trial on an elected official's alleged neglect of duty or incompetence. The petition alleges Delgaudio used county staff to solicit donations for his conservative advocacy group, Public Advocate of the United States, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A special grand jury investigated Delgaudio and declined to indict, but Delgaudio's fellow supervisors censured him.

At a hearing Tuesday, Judge Burke McCahill said all Loudoun County judges are recusing themselves and that the state Supreme Court will appoint a judge to hear the case.

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