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(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Hogan and Miller’s crab cake summit

They’ve been to basketball games and met in the governor’s office but Sunday night, two of the state’s most powerful elected officials attempted to find some  bipartisan common ground over crab cakes.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., a Democrat, and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan dined together Sunday night along with their wives. Sources familiar with the dinner said the meeting, which was organized by Miller, was yet another attempt to move beyond some of the politics that has as of late dominated the relationship of the two long-time friends.

The dinner at Miller’s Chesapeake Beach home topped off a day that included Hogan touring nearby areas of southern Maryland.

“The governor had several campaign stops throughout my district and the last one was four miles from my house,” Miller said Monday night. “My wife and I previously had dinner with the governor and his wife at the mansion and so my wife suggested we invite them to dinner.”

This is not the first time Miller and Hogan have met or even socialized outside of work. The two long-time friends have met on several occasions in the governor’s office. The pair have also attended basketball games at the University of Maryland, College Park.

“This is just a continuation of the relationship between the governor and the Senate President on how they can work together on shared goals,” said Matt Clark, a Hogan spokesman.

Miller said the evening was about “friends and medical issues” and no politics but later suggested some state matters were discussed.

“It’s very challenging,” Miller said. “The governor believes the legislature can’t fence off money. That’s our job under the constitution. So when we come up with an issue we have to deal with it.”

Miller made those comments minutes after delaying a vote on funding for Prince George’s Regional Hospital. The bill would mandate the governor to spend money on the project.

Last month Hogan announced he had reached a $55 million agreement with the University of Maryland Medical Center for bridge funding for the center. Miller said the concern is that Hogan and the system have no formal written agreement.

He set a deadline of Wednesday for such an agreement to be signed or he would bring his bill to a vote on the Senate floor.

Miller and Hogan and their wives were joined for for the catered crab cake dinner by former Prince George’s County Sheriff James V. Aluisi and his wife — mutual friends of Hogan and Miller, according to the Senate President.

Aluisi’s wife is battling advanced pancreatic cancer and is currently involved in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health, according to Miller. Hogan underwent maintenance treatment for his non-Hodgkin lymphoma Monday.

“The governor is aware of her trials and tribulations,” Miller said.