Wednesday, December 5, 2012

O'Malley's "deputy governor" steps down

As the Baltimore Sun notes, this is the second, recent exit of a top Martin O'Malley adviser, and this guy is so important to the O'Malley office that he's often called the "deputy governor."

When Gov. Martin O'Malley is stumped for a fact or a word, he typically cocks his head, turns to the side and says: "Rick."

That would be long-time aide Rick Abbruzzese, a staffer so deeply familiar with O'Malley's thinking that -- more often than not -- he can cough up the answer even if he hardly seems to be paying attention.

No more. Word spread today that Abbruzzese is leaving O'Malley-land for to work for the lobbying firm Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan and Silver. There Abbruzzese will join O'Malley alum Josh White, who managed the governor's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

So here's a question -- might both Abbruzzese and White be part of an O'Malley Super PAC down the road?