Joe Steffen, a former aide for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., wrote in a blog post that the intern in question was kicked out of her program when she showed up "trashed" at her supervised dorm room after curfew.
Steffen's blog says Reigrut tried to shift blame for the underage drinking incident to a former legislative aide, Laurel Schmuck, and that her father, Peter Schmuck, confronted Harris during a telephone call. Peter Schmuck is a longtime sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun.
Reached by e-mail, Laurel Schmuck discounted Steffen's suggestion that she was fired over the drinking incident. She said she left Harris' office "in good standing several months after giving notice I would be accepting a graduate fellowship...That was my only reason for leaving. I remain on good terms with the congressman and appreciated the opportunity to work for him."