Report: Underage Drinking Scandal in Rep. Andy Harris’ Office

UPDATE: The following post has been updated to clarify things. Joe Steffen alleged that Peter Schmuck’s daughter was the scapegoat canned, not that she was the drunken intern.

Joe Steffen reports:

Late last summer (and I’d previously heard bits of the story – can you guess which parts were just recently brought to my attention?) Kevin Reigurt did something that boggles the mind.

In the name of Pro-life, Family Values Friendly, Congressman Andy Harris, Reigurt bought alcohol that was consumed at a party that took place in Harris’ Washington DC office. This party was to celebrate the completion of an internship program for a young woman whose time with Congressman Harris’ office was coming to a close. That part I’d previously heard and, to be blunt, it’s no big deal.

However, the young woman intern in question was underage – and was thrown out of the internship program as a result of getting trashed at the aforementioned Harris Party. THAT’s the part that was brought to my attention recently…and the fact that she was underage is a big deal.

Steffen goes on to provide more details about the party allegedly thrown by Harris’ Chief of Staff Reigurt. According to Steffen, Reigurt made the daughter of Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck a scapegoat in this scandal. After she was fired, Steffen reports Peter Schmuck confronted Harris.

This is the third drinking scandal to affect Capitol Hill offices in recent months.


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    [...] But in the office of Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) there are a couple of them — like the fabulously named Laurel Schmuck, a former legislative aide who took heat for some underage drinking that went down at an office party last summer. The news was reported early this morning by Global Rhetoric‘s Joe Steffen and then by Jeff Quinton on the Inside Charm City blog. [...]

    Pingback by What a Bunch of Schmucks - FishbowlDC — January 3, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

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    [...] Steffen reported the underage drinking scandal in Andy Harris’ office first, then I wrote about it here at Inside Charm City. After it was reported here, FishbowlDC, [...]

    Pingback by More on the Andy Harris Underage Drinking Scandal | Inside Charm City: Baltimore, Maryland blog — January 3, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

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