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Posted at 6:10 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Loudoun supervisor's comments on "Radical Homosexual" agenda go viral ... again

By Caitlin Gibson

Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio (R-Sterling) once again ignited the blogosphere Friday with online musings about the "Radical Homosexual" infiltration of an annual pirate festival in Tampa.

The Gasparilla Pirate Fest, an annual event for more than 100 years in the Tampa Bay area, features a parade, fireworks, games, activities, a pirate ship and hundreds of people in costumes reenacting a supposed historic pirate invasion of Tampa.

Delgaudio, who has a long history of public commentary decrying homosexuality, wrote on the Inquisition News site that the event has been transformed in recent years into "a two week alcohol fueled display of public debauchery," where organized events "are designed to prey upon unsuspecting college students."

He continued, "When the young men are sufficiently intoxicated, homosexuals dressed as pirates whisk them away to God knows where to take advantage of them sexually. There are even countless stories of any number of immoral sex act [sic] being performed by open homosexuals -- some even in broad daylight during the event."

One area mother, Delgaudio alleged, complained that her 3-year-old child had witnessed a man performing a sexual act with another man dressed as Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp's pirate character from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

Delgaudio concluded: "As long as the Radical Homosexuals run free in our streets, they will continue to spread their debauchery and corrupt our culture." He signed his commentary, "For the family."

Andrea Davis, a spokeswoman for the Tampa police, said she had not previously heard of such allegations in connection with the historic festival.

"From the police department's perspective, this has been an event that's been going on for years and years," she said. "It's a Tampa tradition."

Davis said there has always been a police presence at the event to help keep excitable crowds in line. Last year, a new zero-tolerance policy resulted in 342 arrests -- the vast majority of which involved people caught carrying an open container of alcohol outside the parade route, she said.

"There have been no sexual assaults or batteries, no abductions, no arrests for anything like that," she said.

By Caitlin Gibson  | February 11, 2011; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  Caitlin Gibson, Loudoun County  
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Eugene Delgaudio appears to enjoy the product of a vivid imagination. What's up with that?

Posted by: Hellmut | February 11, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I think someone has a screw loose.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 11, 2011 11:48 PM | Report abuse

"Unsuspecting college students"... what planet is this guy on???

Posted by: 303030 | February 12, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

It sounds like someone has been neglecting their medication again. There are events in the US (Key West Fantasy Fest) and abroad (Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade) where you might see some over the top behaviour, but Mr. Delgaudio's ranting sounds like the urban legend about the business man waking up in a bathtub full of ice missing a kidney.

By the way, the Sydney parade is a must-see event which attracts a wide audience including families with young children and I don't recall ever hearing a complaint the people were being abducted and raped.

Posted by: AlligatorArms | February 12, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

What business does Delgaudio have with Florida?

He's obviously been reading too many gay novels.

Maybe even working Craigslist for dates ... or something.

Posted by: lilhornie | February 12, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

As long as it raises his profile and some campaign funds, Mr. Delgaudio will say or write just about anything that comes to his mind.

As for those of us here in Sterling, we're just tired of the negative publicity and the poor representation that results from odd ideological pursuits.

That's why I'm running against Mr. Delgaudio this year. Please support my campaign:

Posted by: AlNevarez | February 12, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

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