Three other former aides have told The Post that they have also been recently questioned about Delgaudio by FBI agents.
Spokesmen for the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia both said they could neither confirm nor deny an investigation.
Delgaudio strongly denied that the project assigned to Mateer was intended to benefit his political campaign. “The only purpose of these fundraising lists is for the Lower Loudoun Boys Football League,” he said, adding that any misunderstanding on the part of his aides was a result of improper training.
He declined to comment specifically on any of his former aides, their work or their concerns about the tasks he had assigned them.
Delgaudio also said he did not see a problem with having Public Advocate work so closely with his county office, noting that his employees have to coordinate with one another to keep track of where he is and what he needs to do.
“You’re going to micromanage how I conduct my two jobs?” Delgaudio said. “I think that’s really absurd.”
Delgaudio also called the accusations of an abusive work environment “absurd” and said he offered a family-friendly workplace: His aides were even permitted to bring their children to the office.
As for the allegation that he made racist and homophobic comments, Delgaudio said that his comments — like his public political stunts — were not to be taken personally.
“You have to have some sense of humor,” he said.
Mateer said her complaint has gone nowhere. Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) initially contacted her to request copies of her records and asked whether she would be willing to come forward, she said. Mateer and one of Delgaudio’s senior aides have since tried to contact York but have not received a response from him or from the county, they said.
In an interview, York said there was nothing that could be done about Mateer’s claims of a hostile work environment; part-time county aides are not protected by the county’s grievance policy.