Maryland cabinet secretary charged with theft of his wife’s opponent’s election campaign signs

Maryland Secretary of Labor and Industry in Gov. Martin O'Malley's cabinet arrested for theft of campaign signs of his wife's opponent.

Maryland Secretary of Labor and Industry in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s cabinet arrested for theft of campaign signs of his wife’s opponent.

05/13/2014 — Update from the Baltimore County Police:  May 12: The victim in this case has sworn a complaint with the Court Commissioner. The three suspects each are charged with theft under $1,000. The suspects are James Ronald DeJuliis, 68, of the 11300 block of Notchcliff Road, 21057; Charles Philip Buttiglieri, 62, of the 900 block of Arncliffe Rd., 21221; and Casey Akeem Addison, 29, of the 7600 block of Cedar Farm Drive, 21237.
Original release: May 10
At 3:18 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive, 21234, for a destruction of property call. The caller told police that he observed several suspects taking four “Brochin for Senate” signs from the area of Loch Bend Drive and East Joppa Road.
The three suspects were still at the location when the officer arrived, and they returned the signs to the victim. The wood and metal washers that held the signs in place were not returned.  The suspects, a 29 year old male, a 62 year old male, and a 68 year old male, were positively identified. The names were given to the victim to use for the misdemeanor criminal charging process, and the names will become public after formal charges are filed.
Chief Johnson is committed to the strict enforcement of election laws, and any campaign sign violations that occur during this time of year will be investigated thoroughly.
CAMPAIGN SIGN CHAOS! Top State Official Nabbed for Theft of Election Signs
From The Baltimore Sun: A high-ranking state official whose wife is running against Baltimore County State Sen. Jim Brochin is being accused of stealing Brochin’s campaign signs, an incident the senator’s opponent called “a misunderstanding.”
Marc Lazerow, Brochin’s campaign manager, said he found Maryland Commissioner of Labor and Industry J. Ronald DeJuliis and two other men in the midst of tearing down four Brochin campaign signs near a busy intersection Saturday afternoon. Connie DeJuliis, DeJuliis’s wife and Brochin’s opponent in the Democratic primary, said Sunday her husband had permission from the owner of the property to put up her campaign signs and that her husband thought Brochin’s campaign signs had been placed there improperly.
“I say it’s much ado about nothing,” Connie DeJuliis said. “It was clearly a misunderstanding.” Read more:
From the Quinton Report:

From the announcement of DeJuliis being appointed to his job (Thomas Perez is now an Obama administration official with some controversies of his own):
With almost 40 years experience in the labor industry, Ron DeJuliis has spent his career fighting for the working men and women of Maryland,” said Secretary Perez. “As Commissioner of Labor and Industry, he will be able to continue that fight and bring his expertise in labor concerns and safety issues to the forefront.”
The Commissioner recently served as president of the Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council affiliated with the AFL-CIO and as the business manager of Local 37 International Union of Operating Engineers.
This is not the first time Ron DeJuliis has appeared in the pages of a local newspaper regarding political and union controversy. Van Smith reported the following in 2006 for The City Paper:
DeJuliis is not the Local 37′s business manager anymore. An Aug. 3 letter from IUOE President Vince Giblin to members of Local 37 announces that DeJuliis resigned July 31 after the union local became the subject of a U.S. Labor Department investigation. Giblin states in the letter that the local’s “apparent focus on political activities to the detriment of other matters have been a concern for some time” and was “heightened earlier this year in light of reports of a physical altercation” at one of the local’s meetings. As a result, and because of the Labor Department probe, the letter notes, Local 37 was placed in under monitorship by the international union, which has hired an accounting firm to audit the local’s books.


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