What’s the Matter with Loudoun County?

UPDATE: Want to help unseat Eugene Delgaudio (see below for why)? Here’s the ActBlue link to donate to Al Nevarez, who’s running against him. Go Al! And many thanks to Liz of The True Adventures of the Doorbell Queen and Loudoun Progress for the heads up.

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I suspect everyone on the interwebs has seen this horrible image of President Obama, sent out as part of a Halloween email from the Loudoun County (VA) Republican Committee as “a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”

Yeah, that’s just hilarious. I don’t know why I forgot to laugh. After the Virginia Republican Party and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell condemned the use of the image, the Loudoun County Committee issued one of those patented non-apology apologies:

“The Loudoun County Republican Committee yesterday sent an email to its members that represented a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday,”said Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee in a written statement obtained by multiple outlets.

“Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the president as a victim of a violent crime. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we deeply and sincerely apologize to the president and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left. The LCRC deplores any effort to display, suggest or promote violence against the president or any other political figure.”

Gee, I can’t imagine why anyone would interpret an image of the President with a bullet hole in his forehead and part of his skull torn away as “intending to portray the president as a victim of a violent crime”. And a response that might as well read, “Gee, we’re sorry you took it that way. Where’s your sense of humor?” is not an apology. An apology is where you admit you were wrong and express regret for the damage you caused.

But…that’s not all that’s wrong in Loudoun County. Eugene Delgaudio, Republican Supervisor for Sterling District, is running for re-election (I’m not going to link to his campaign site, so you can either trust me or google him). A few days before the Halloween debacle, he sent out a fundraising email for his anti-gay lobbying organization, Public Advocate (again, no link) that included this image:

Pam has the entire email posted at her place, and it’s a screed against “conservative traitors” who have allowed the infiltration of “radical homosexuals” into national Republican leadership. Oooh, scary! Actually, what’s really scary is the source material for this photoshopped image, noted by a commenter at Loudoun Progress and added to the original post:

And the Loudoun Times-Mirror just endorsed this homophobic ass for re-election. Geez, is there something in the water there?

2 Responses to “What’s the Matter with Loudoun County?”

  1. liz says:

    Would you folks please consider donating to Delgaudio’s opponent Al Nevarez?

    I am a resident of Loudoun County and married to another member of the Board of Supervisors (Stevens Miller, he has a blog, too), and I’m a co-blogger on Loudoun Progress.

    Please help us get Eugene off the Board. Al Nevarez is a terrific progressive candidate!

    Thank you!

  2. Kathy says:

    liz, I donated, shared the ActBlue link on Facebook, and will spread the word here in Alabama. Thanks for letting me know.

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