Democratic state Sen. Jim Brochin, D-Baltimore County, got some support from an unlikely ally following an incident involving a political rival who took down some of his campaign signs Saturday.
John Fiastro, chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee Wednesday called for J. Ronald DeJuliis to immediately resign his position as state 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 judgment,” Fiastro wrote in an emailed statement. “Such a criminal act disqualifies him from serving the citizens of Maryland as Labor Commissioner. He should resign. He is not fit to serve.”
DeJuliis is the husband of former Del. Connie DeJuliis, who is seeking to unseat Brochin in the Democratic primary for the 42nd District Senate seat.
Ron DeJuliis, Charles “Boots” Buttiglieri, an assistant to the vice president of the Communication Workers of America, and Casey Akeem Addison were all charged with theft of property valued at less than $1,000 after a campaign manager for Brochin allegedly caught the trio taking down signs along Joppa Road near Loch Raven Boulevard.Brochin campaign workers captured the incident in photographs and video as they called the Baltimore County Police.
Marc Lazerow, Brochin’s campaign manager, ultimately filed a criminal complaint with a District Court Commissioner that resulted in theft charges against the three men.
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.”
Fiastro said Republicans would file similar charges if Connie DeJuliis were to advance and Republican signs start disappearing.
“Here we have Democrats attacking Democrats,” Fiastro said in his statement. ”But if after the primary, Democrat candidates and their supporters try similar antics against our Republican candidates, the county party will seek to press charges to the fullest extent of the law.”