The Loudoun County Board of Supervisor’s MUST put a halt to Supervisor Delgaudio’s youth recruiting activities and apologize to all teens for allowing the Supervisor to coerce them into joining a right-wing club with the imprimatur of county government. I sent a letter to the BoS stating such.
Here is how the letter opens:
The purpose of this letter is to recommend that you bar Supervisor Delgaudio from sponsoring the “Eugene Delgaudio Sterling Teen Job Fair.” The Sterling Supervisor uses the job fair to recruit youth into a right-wing political club that has a history of violence, defamation and hatred towards minorities and progressive causes. Furthermore, this board should send a letter of apology the participants of prior job fairs and their parents advising them that the county was not aware of the recruitment activity and that it does not endorse or sponsor the Sterling Supervisor’s recruiting activities. I’m requesting that you take this into consideration at your July 17, 2013 meeting under the agenda item “Grand Jury Report: Follow-up on Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio Investigation.”
[UPDATE] The letter explains a bit more about the club and the way Supervisor Delgaudio used his position to recruit.
The event was organized in a ring. The last two tables, next to the entry/exit area 1) solicited Sterling Supervisor Aide jobs, and 2) promoted the right-wing club Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). The winsome young YAF recruiters distributed glossy literature and had quite a crowd of eager job-seekers. It was the final table, before the exit, and of all the jobs, the Sterling Supervisor Aide job was the most desirable. I overheard one job seeker ask: “What jobs are you [YAF] offering?” The recruiter replied, “Oh, we don’t have any jobs, we’re a club.”
Evidence of the YAF table is presented in the photo below (see link at the end of this post), downloaded from Supervisor Delgaudio’s campaign web site. The yellow flyer has “SUPERVISOR DELGAUDIO’S OFFICE INTERNSHIP INFORMATION” on one side and “Supervisor Delgaudio invites YOU to attend the Young America’s Foundation 2013 National High School Leadership Conference” on the other. The “I LOVE CAPITALISM” sign in the background carries the YAF logo.
The club in question is Young American’s for Freedom. The Michigan State University branch of YAF is an SPLC certified campus hate group. The SPLC explains why.
MSU-YAF was added to the SPLC list in early 2007, after MSU-YAF attempted to organize a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day” contest, held a “Koran Desecration” competition, joked about distributing smallpox-infested blankets to Native American students, and hosted a series of lectures by hate group leaders such as Nick Griffin that drew skinheads and other white supremacists to the MSU campus. Griffin is the Holocaust-denying leader of the extreme-right British National Party.
The ex-leader of the MSU YAF, Kyle Bristow, is pictured below.
I’m concerned that the BoS will attempt to
remedy bury Supervisor Delgaudio’s hate group recruiting activities in an endlessly boring list of policies that don’t directly address the fact that the Supervisor used his office to gain access to county youth, to deceive them, and recruit them. If the BoS understands the severity of the Supervisor’s violation of the public trust, they’ll produce a formal apology and send it to the teens and their families. If not, they’ll wink in the behavior by remaining silent. We’ll have to wait and see. A copy of my letter can downloaded from the link below.