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ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland administrative law judge ruled this week that Gov. Martin O'Malley’s administration illegally fired a Republican state worker and ordered the worker to be reinstated with full back pay.
Democratic lawmakers in 2005 accused the Ehrlich administration of illegally firing thousands of state workers because of their ties to previous Democratic governors.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Anne Arundel County Democrat, and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Prince George’s County Democrat, were unavailable for comment about the Maddalone ruling yesterday.
A copy of Judge Sinrod’s decision was not made available yesterday because the case was handled as a confidential personnel matter. A source with access to the judge’s decision confirmed its contents to The Washington Times yesterday.
Mr. Maddalone worked as a legislative liaison at the Maryland Port Administration and then in the transportation secretary’s office before being fired this year.
Mr. Maddalone did not return calls seeking comment. His attorney, Debra C. Cruz, said she could not comment on the case because of its confidentiality.
A spokesman for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) said Mr. Maddalone’s firing was “absolutely not” political.
“[Mr.] Porcari stands solidly by his decisions allowed by the law, MDOT spokesman John P. Cahalan said.
Mr. Cahalan said the agency’s legal counsel is reviewing the decision and considering options.
A spokesman for Mr. O'Malley echoed Mr. Cahalan’s remarks.
“The governor supports the agency’s decision,” said Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for Mr. O'Malley.
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.
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.
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