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“The governor supports the agency’s decision,” said Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for Mr. O'Malley.

Mr. Maddalone, a former figure skater, was the focus of the General Assembly’s year-long probe into Mr. Ehrlich’s firings.

During the probe, Democratic lawmakers criticized Mr. Maddalone or his lack of legislative and transportation experience and for his supposed role in identifying Democrats to be fired by the Ehrlich administration.

Mr. Busch and Mr. Miller created the Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections in June 2005 to examine Mr. Ehrlich’s firings.

The investigation examined the firings of more than 7,000 at-will state employees, who serve at the pleasure of the governor and can be fired without cause.