Loudoun county supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s former staff aide, Donna Mateer, provided county staff with an eight-page written statement in March of this year, detailing the misconduct of her then-boss. Real Advocate sought that statement under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, but the county government refused to release it. Today, following a hearing in Loudoun County General District Court, the county has finally produced that document.
I have never worked for someone who I feel is so full of hate and evil.
In her statement, Delgaudio’s former aide describes chronic abusive treatment, pressure to arrange fund-raising meetings above all other office activities, illegal questioning during her hiring interview, and workplace exploitation of her status as a single mother. She also reports bizarre and childish conduct by Mr. Delgaudio, such as mocking ethnic Americans for their speech, forbidding her to answer constituent phone calls, and berating her with obscene language.
It was then, that I finally started to cry.
In addition to the eight-page document, Real Advocate has obtained the full exchange between Commonwealth’s Attorney James Plowman and Commonwealth’s Attorney Theophani Stamos (to whom Plowman referred the statement when asked by county attorney Jack Roberts to review it). Both Commonwealth’s Attorneys clearly appear to have acted in good faith in their treatment of the material, but neither has seen any of the hundreds of pages of supporting material Donna Mateer personally copied (at her own expense) and gave to board chairman Scott York. Real Advocate has those documents and will publish relevant items after more study.
What the exchanges between CA Plowman and CA Stamos already show, however, is that Chairman York’s summary of CA Stamos’s review is innaccurate. York’s public statement was that, “the Arlington’s Commonwealth Attorney did not recommend pursuing any charges against Mr. Delgaudio.” In fact, what the exchange between prosecutors reveals is that CA Stamos indicated that more evidence would be necessary to continue the review of the matter, potentially even convening a special grand jury to hear from witnesses. Neither Plowman nor Stamos knew, when Stamos was asking for more evidence, that Chairman York was in possession of stacks of additional papers provided by Mateer.
Real Advocate is continuing its pursuit of the complete record and will provide what information it obtains to the public via the press and via this Web site.
UPDATE: An alternate format for the complaint document is here.