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Jalisi just latest example of entitled lawmaker

The Maryland House of Delegates vote unaminously to reprimand Delegate Jay Jalisi for his "abusive" treatment of staff and he defends himself in an interview. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun video)

Maryland is a little, tiny state. It doesn't take long to get from one end to the other. I have always questioned why our legislators in Annapolis are entitled to live in expensive hotel rooms at taxpayer expense during the legislative session instead of commuting as we ordinary taxpayers must do.

Now comes Del. Jay Jalisi who failed to attend the session to defend himself against the accusations of bullying and abusive workplace behavior (“Maryland House of Delegates vote unanimously to reprimand Jalisi over ‘abusive’ treatment of his staff,” March 27). His reason for his failure to attend is that it's a personal sacrifice for him to work in Annapolis because he's independently wealthy. He claims that he takes a pay cut by working as a delegate. His statement is that "l lose money by coming here."

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Delegate Jalisi should understand that no one forced him into his current situation. He made the decision to run for office. If he resents his position so much that he feels it is beneath him to treat his employees and his constituents with respect then he should resign.

I doubt that he will, however. It seems that Delegate Jalisi, like so many others in the General “Asylum,” enjoys the power and authority far too much.

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Clay Seeley, Owings Mills

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