Thomas V. "Mike" Miller
Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller. File Photo, Feb. 26, 2014. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

A bag of manure and a toy shotgun

Maryland Senate committees held their annual end of session parties last week but we’re guessing they’re tamer than they used to be when judged against a story told by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

Miller Friday took the time to tell a story about the time he and then-Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV were intercepted by four Annapolis police officers.

Miller said he left the party with a few gifts including a bag of manure and a toy shotgun.

“You can imagine why I got it,” he said of the committee gift.

“Clarence Mitchell and I are walking up Main Street following the committee party,” Miller said. “Clarence had the shotgun and I had the bag of manure—I wasn’t going to leave it in the restaurant you know. So we get about halfway up the hill to where Chick and Ruth’s are and four Annapolis police were on all four corners yelling ‘drop it!'”

Miller didn’t give the year of the party but Mitchell served one term in the Senate representing Baltimore City from 1999-2003.

Miller said he asked the officers if they meant for him to drop the dung or for Mitchell to drop the shotgun. They wanted the gun.

“Clarence wouldn’t drop the gun. He took it and broke it over his knee,” Miller said.

“They had this black guy with a shotgun and me with a bag of manure,” Miller said. “They thought they had themselves some real desperadoes walking up the street.”

It’s been said before and it bears repeating: Ain’t no party like a Maryland Senate committee party.

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