It's Monday morning. Does Kathy Szeliga have a job?
UPDATE: Szeliga did work today and will be back in Annapolis on Tuesday. My understanding is that she, Harris and Miller are still deciding how to proceed.
Fallout from one of the more interesting flare-ups last week -- a spat between Democratic Senate President Mike Miller and Republican Sen. Andy Harris -- should be clear today.
At the center of the disagreement is Harris' chief of staff, Kathy Szeliga, who is running for a Baltimore County House of Delegates seat this fall. Miller and an attorney general say she can't keep her state legislature job while she's a candidate. Harris and his lawyer say that the legislature's own ethics rules make it clear that she can keep working right up until she files with the election board, which she has not done.
Last week, Miller said Harris must fire Szeliga unless she stops running for office. Harris said he believes Miller is retaliating because Harris recently raised some uncomfortable proposals regarding lawmaker pay and pensions -- a notion Miller called ridiculous.
Last we left it, Miller had asked that Harris and Szeliga resolve the situation by Friday. Harris sent a letter to Miller at the end of the week saying he simply would not fire Szeliga and that lawyers are involved.
So does she have a job this morning? Word is, Miller has asked to meet with Szeliga one last time today. We'll let you know what happened.