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On March 13, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley stood near the headquarters of the Public Service Commission and called for Chairman Kenneth Schisler to resign.

O'Malley lashed out at Schisler, a former Republican delegate, over skyrocketing electricity rates his commission had just approved.

"I think this has to be the low point in the 96-year history of the Public Service Commission," O'Malley said in a news conference, according to the Associated Press. "Bob Ehrlich has turned a watchdog agency whose sole purpose was the protection of Maryland families into a lapdog for special interests."

Just three days earlier, though, one of O'Malley's campaign committees had different designs on Schisler--they wanted his money.

Schisler received a March 10 letter from the co-chairs of "Lawyers for O'Malley," asking him to join them for a fundraiser on March 28 in Baltimore, enclosing two tickets that would require he pay $500 to attend.

"We know Martin has the vision, the dedication, the capacity, and the compassion to lead Maryland as our next governor," the letter says. "Your help is critically important."

Apparently, that vision does not include a job for Schisler.

By  |  March 20, 2006; 10:06 AM ET
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