November 7, 2011

Miller time: The Senate president and his wife’s wildest dreams

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Senate President Mike Miller

Senate President Mike Miller is always a source of provocative quotes. And so he was at Thursday’s Maryland Chamber of Commerce policy conference in Cambridge.

As usual, he led off with some amusing stories. Some of them might even be true.

In the first, he was recalling how he met his wife Patty in Ocean City when they were 18 – that would be 1961 – and they would return every year after that, and visit the house her family had rented that summer. On one such visit, after becoming Senate president in 1987, he was reminiscing with his wife, and said to her.

“Honey — this is 20 years ago, I think 25 years ago — did you ever think in your wildest dreams, your wildest dreams, that you’d be married to the president of the Maryland Senate?

“No.”

“Not even in your wildest dreams?”

“Mike, I’ve got news for you. You’ve never been in my wildest dreams.”

The chamber crowd roared with laughter.

In his second story, he said, “The Eastern shore is a very humbling experience.”

After his long service and many appearances on TV speaking about controversial issues, like abortion and the death penalty, he said, “People form opinions of you.”

“I was over in Denton not too long ago. Fellow comes up to me, and says, ‘People tell you look like Mike Miller?’”

“Yeah.”

“Does it happen a lot?”

“Yeah.”

“Doesn’t it piss you off?”

That brought the house down.

“But what does piss me off,” he said, is his Republican friends that have to “down my state,” which he called “the number one goddamn state in the Union.”