Staffs shift in city, state offices

Rawlings-Blake aide joins O'Malley team

April 18, 2008|By John Fritze | John Fritze,Sun reporter

Gov. Martin O'Malley and City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, longtime political allies, have announced key changes in their press staffs.

A Rawlings-Blake press agent is moving to O'Malley's staff and being replaced by a former Democratic Party operative. And an O'Malley press agent was promoted to director of communications on the governor's staff.

Former O'Malley press secretary Rick Abbruzzese, 31, has become communications director to the governor, a position left vacant when longtime O'Malley aide Steve Kearney left to create his own communications firm this year.

Rawlings-Blake spokesman Shaun E. Adamec, 28, will become a deputy press secretary for O'Malley. Ryan O'Doherty, 29, who is currently a government relations specialist with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, will take over for Adamec at City Hall starting May 1.

"She's a leader with vision and integrity," O'Doherty said of his new boss. "I'm excited to be a part of that team, to serve the citizens of Baltimore."

O'Doherty, a former state Democratic Party official, served as a deputy director of communications for the Baltimore Archdiocese. O'Doherty's brother, Damian, represents the other half of Kearney O'Doherty Public Affairs, a private communications firm.

Ryan O'Doherty's former e-mail address, rodoherty@mddems .org, was one of at least three linked to MD4BUSH, the mysterious Internet poster who in 2005 coaxed an aide to then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. into talking about O'Malley's personal life. A spokesman for the discussion board where the items were posted said that it would have been possible for someone other than O'Doherty to associate the e-mail address with the MD4BUSH account.

In addition, Abbruzzese announced that Steve Rabin, 29, started as speechwriter for O'Malley last month. Rabin previously worked as a deputy executive director and communications director with the National Jewish Democratic Council in Washington.

Abbruzzese will make $125,000; Adamec, $88,000; O'Doherty, $82,000; and Rabin, $90,000.

john.fritze@baltsun.com

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