Relationships can be difficult things even in politics where interpersonal connections always loom large.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. knows this as well as anyone and said he has tried to be a bridge in one of the most difficult political relationships in the state between House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Gov. Larry Hogan.
“I put the two together, Mike Busch and the governor, and it’s very awkward. Neither one talks to the other,” Miller said. “Just this last week we had a dedication of the Court of Special Appeals. I said, ‘governor this is the speaker of the house; speaker of the house, this is the governor.’ They didn’t have anything to say. Nothing.”
“They both have got to work at it. Communication depends on both people and both have to reach out and want it,” Miller said. “It’s important to the state of Maryland.”
Of course, Miller has had his own problem relationships with the second floor, namely the late Baltimore Mayor-Governor-Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.
“He was a bully, but it was the Senate of Maryland and it was the state of Maryland and we had to move forward,” Miller said. “So, I had to go up there with my hat in my hand and say governor, what do we do? How can we work together? And that’s what we have to do, really, just make things work.”
But apparently it was an uneasy relationship.
“With Donald Schaefer, I used to have to swallow my pride every god damn day, pardon my French,” Miller told reporters. “It was rough.”