Fire Me, Please
The embattled chairman of the Public Service Commission Kenneth D. Schisler filed a lawsuit yesterday to try to save his job and those of his fellow commissioners who oversee electricity rates throughout the state. But one of the commissioners is taking steps today to tell legislators to go ahead and fire him.
Commissioner Harold Williams - the lone appointee of former governor Parris N. Glendening (D) - said he's filing a letter with the Baltimore City Circuit Court today to make clear he wants no part of the PSC's lawsuit. The legal challenge responds to legislation passed over Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.'s (R) veto that fires the members of the PSC and temporarily reduces a 72 percent rate increase to 15 percent.
That Williams is at odds with his colleagues is not surprising. The other commissioners were appointed by Ehrlich who is supportive of Schisler's lawsuit.
But Williams said, "A law was passed and I'm going to honor what they put forward."
Even so, Williams wasn't shy about expressing his interest in staying on the commission. He's hoping his name shows up on the list legislative leaders present to Ehrlich by July 1.
"I would still love to serve but not under these conditions," Williams said.
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