Quote of the day from Baltimore City Councilman Ed Reisinger, from Laura Vozzella's column today:

"He made some wrong decisions with whatever he did. Anyone who's been arrested, especially when you're in the city of Baltimore -- you know what I mean -- are we going to disqualify them from employment?"

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The councilman is not talking about just any employment, but employment as a councilman. He's talking about William "Pete" Welch, who wants to join the council vacated by his mother, Agnes Welch.

As Vozzella points out, he's got a bit of a past.

In 1999, he was charged with attempted murder and illegal possession of a handgun, but he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm. He got probation before judgment (Note to the police commissioner -- does he qualify as a bad guy with guns?)

At the time, Welch gave two stories -- that he fired his gun into the ground to restore order and then that it accidentally went off. Trouble is, Vozzella reports, he was restoring order during a dispute over $40 he had promised to a woman for working the polls for his mother. It's called walking around money, and at the time that too was illegal.

But that's not all. In June 2004, Welch pleaded guilty to failing to filing campaign finance reports and perjury related to those reports. Vozzella notes that he's a certified public accountant.

to get a full take on what City Council members think of the situation.

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