A recall effort against Republican Loudoun County supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, known for anti-gay rhetoric, is temporarily on hold after a judge recused himself.
Petitioners are seeking the ouster of 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 this morning, 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.