July 4, 2006

JOE KENNEDY WOULD HAVE MADE HIM CHANGE HIS NAME TO MIKE:

It's Miller time in race for state Senate seat (Jon Ward, July 4, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

A black Maryland Republican has ended his run for Congress and will try to unseat Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s nemesis in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly -- state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

"I do believe I can make a bigger difference here," Ron Miller, a former U.S. Homeland Security official who now works at a tech consulting company in Fairfax, said yesterday. [...]

Mike Miller has wielded the Senate gavel for 19 years and is the longest-serving state Senate president in the country.

He and Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican seeking re-election, worked together during the governor's first three years on an unsuccessful bid to bring slot machines to horse-racing tracks in the state. However, the Senate president also killed Mr. Ehrlich's plan to reform the state's medical-malpractice insurance system.

This year their relationship soured, as the legislature overrode 17 of Mr. Ehrlich's vetoes during the regular session and three more in the special session.

What's more, Democratic lawmakers have stripped the governor of many long-held powers and privileges, including free rein to select the members of the utility-regulating Public Service Commission.

"When the governor was first elected, the Senate president told him he would work with him for the first three years and in the fourth year, all bets were off. This is one promise the Senate president was able to keep," Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell said.

Mike Miller said Mr. Ehrlich's push for Ron Miller to run was part of the governor's re-election effort.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 4, 2006 12:42 PM
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