O’Malley Endorses Sign Stealing Antics
The sign-stealing saga in the Democratic Primary for State Senate in District 42 continues to become a more and more sordid affair.
J. Ronald DiJuliis, husband to primary challenger Connie DiJuliis, has now been charged with theft along with two other accomplices for stealing signs belonging to incumbent State Senator Jim Brochin. Normally, that’s a story in and of itself. But of course in this case Ronald DiJuliis is a high-ranking appointee in the O’Malley Administration, serving as the Commissioner of Labor and Industry.
“If Mr. DeJuliis feels it’s alright to break the law to advance the political career of a family member, he shows a total lack of judgement,” said John Fiastro, Jr., head of the Republican group. “Such a criminal act disqualifies him from serving the citizens of Maryland as Labor Commissioner. He should resign. He is not fit to serve.”
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Now nobody actually expctes Ron DiJuliis to resign. A guy who was brazen enough to steal a campaign side in broad daylight is probably not going to be inclined to do the honorable thing. However, what’s really intersesting has been the O’Malley Administration’s reaction to all of this. Or should I say lack of a reaction:
Nina Smith, a spokeswoman for O’Malley, said Monday that O’Malley would not discuss how the issue might be handled internally calling it a personal and personnel issue.
“We don’t comment on personal issues,” Smith said. “We don’t comment on issues performed after hours.”
Further complicating this matter for O’Malley is the fact that he has been active in this District 42 Democratic Primary. O’Malley has endorsed Connie DiJuliis in his effort to ditch Senator Brochin, who has not always toed the Democratic Party Line.
So to reacp:
- The husband of a Senate candidate was caught red-handed stealing campaign signs;
- The husband is a high-ranking appointee of Martin O’Malley;
- The Governor has made no comment about this alleged criminal act; and,
- The appointee’s wife has been endorsed in her primary challenge by the afroementioned Governor.
In 1996, Connie DeJuliis ran against then-Congressman Bob Ehrlich. Multiple sources close to the Ehrhlich campaign then have noted that the Ehrlich campaign had an ongoing problem with campaign signs disappearing or being defaced with homophobic slurs. Additionally, these sources confirm that an Ehrlich campaign worker was threatened by a “union thug,”