Skip to comments.'Death List' Guided Md. Firings, Panel Told
Posted on 12/13/2005 9:45:04 PM PST by conservative in nyc
Top officials in Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration ordered the dismissal of a succession of mid-level state workers, plucked from a sheet of paper that an aide called the "death list," a former state personnel official told top lawmakers yesterday.
The targeted employees were fired, in some instances, solely because they were Democrats, and in each case to make room for Republican political appointees, said Tom Burgess, who yesterday became the first former state employee to testify under oath before the panel investigating Ehrlich's personnel practices.
The panel was convened this fall to examine complaints that Ehrlich (R) dispatched aides to reach into the state bureaucracy and fire workers considered disloyal. Ehrlich aides reiterated yesterday that they view the probe as a partisan witch hunt, exposing nothing more than the natural turnover when a new administration takes office. They noted that Burgess had been demoted before leaving his state post and now works for the city of Baltimore, where the mayor plans to run for governor.
Democrats said yesterday's testimony offered fresh evidence that Ehrlich abused a system that gave him discretion over 6,000 state workers serving in "at will" positions.
After the hearing, [Senate Minority Leader Stoltzfus] (R-Somerset) called Burgess "emotionally very effective" but also not very credible, given that he would naturally be disgruntled.
"He didn't show us anything" to corroborate his sworn testimony, Stoltzfus said. "Whether these things went on or not, we just have his word."
Republicans also questioned Burgess's credibility because he recently gave campaign donations to his boss, Mayor Martin O'Malley(D), who is seeking to challenge Ehrlich in the 2006 governor's race. Burgess, who also donated to the Republican National Committee, said he has never discussed the case with O'Malley and was testifying only "because it's the right thing to do."
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BTW- I can't find any donations to the RNC by any Burgess living in Maryland in the FEC's database. I also can't find the O'Malley contribution in the FEC or MD's database.
According to Maryland Election's online database, a Thomas Burgess of Baltimore donated $100 to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D), who ran against Governor Ehrlich in 2002. A Thomas A. Burgess of Cantonsville contributed $35 to Tom Dewberry, and a TJ Burgess contributed $400 to Alonzo Black, according to the MD Database.
MD Elections Database: http://www.elections.state.md.us/campaign_finance/database/
FEC.gov Contribution Search: http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml
Oh sure, he's a republican...and I'm a registered democrat...that means absolutely nothing.