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Malone To Leave O'Malley Administration

Sean R. Malone, a long-time trusted aide to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), said today that he will leave the administration in coming weeks to become a partner in a law firm and lobbying shop.

Malone, a deputy legislative officer to the governor, is the third member of O'Malley's inner circle to depart in recent months. Steve Kearney, a long-time communications aide, left to start a public affairs firm, while Josh White, who ran O'Malley's 2006 gubernatorial campaign and later joined the administration, has become a lobbyist.

Malone began his tenure with O'Malley in 1995, when he ran O'Malley's re-election campaign to the Baltimore City Council. Malone later served as chief legal counsel to the Baltimore police department and as Baltmore's labor commissioner. His portfolio often has exceeded his job titles.

"It's bittersweet," Malone said in an interview. "The core group in the administration has been like family for a long time. But the reality is I have to provide for two little boys now with education costs."

Malone is joining a firm headed by Lisa Harris Jones, who lobbies in Annapolis.

By John Wagner  |  September 15, 2008; 4:45 PM ET
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