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They said it: 24 quotes from the 2018 Maryland General Assembly


(The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

(The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. being asked Monday about Comptroller Peter Franchot's vows to unseat him. Miller shrugged off Francht's plans to campaign against him. (Maximilian Franz)

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (Maximilian Franz)

“If we did everything that was popular we’d be the worst state in the union.”

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., responding to an environmental advocate who told the Senate leader that polling showed strong support for a renewable energy bill.


“It’s time to fold it, guys.”

Del. Dereck E. Davis, D-Prince George’s and chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee, urging opponents of paid sick leave legislation not to drag out debate in advance of an override vote Thursday.


“If the presiding officers had asked to bring those other legislators, they would have been more than welcomed. We had the same conversation with them last year. Guess they just weren’t hungry this year.”

Douglass Mayer, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan, responding to complaints from Democrats that some lawmakers had been excluded from this year’s budget briefing breakfast.


“Some people have been here so long I think they’ve lost their institutional knowledge because they can’t remember.”

Gov. Larry Hogan on the need for term limits in the legislature. Hogan proposed a bill that would limit delegates and senators to two consecutive terms in their respective chambers.


“We’re not teaching kids in cornfields. We’re teaching them in classrooms.”

Martin Knott, chair of the 21st Century Schools Commission, also known as the Knott Commission, speaking on what he said was the undeniable connection between school facilities and curriculum.


“I’m in a profession where no good deed goes unpunished.”

Comptroller Peter Franchot, explaining why he and his staff emphasized comments that his office’s report on the effects of federal tax changes was a nonpartisan effort.


Robert Neall. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Robert Neall. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

“I don’t know if I am a butterfly or a tiger, but around her I’m a pussy cat.”

Health Secretary designee Robert R. ‘Bobby’ Neall, referencing his wife and Annapolis lobbyist Marta Harting. Some legislators at times referred to Neall as a butterfly because of his party switches, while others called him as tenacious as a tiger.


“If my daddy gave me an $11.2 million estate most Marylanders and myself agree I wouldn’t mind paying some taxes on that.”

Del. James J. ‘Jimmy’ Tarlau, D-Prince George’s and sponsor of the bill to decouple the state from the federal estate tax exemption that would grow to $11.2 million. Tarlau said the exemption would affect less than 100 people annually in the state but cost Maryland’s coffers $60 million annually.


“This idea came out of DC, and that’s enough. What DC did really is farkakte.”

Lobbyist Bruce Bereano, using a Yiddish word for crappy while testifying against a bill that would establish a comparative negligence standard for bicyclists and pedestrians struck by motor vehicles.


Sen. Joan Carter Conway. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Sen. Joan Carter Conway. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

“It has never been the will of this legislature to do the right thing. If we did the right thing we would not be in the position we’re in right now.”

Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore City, speaking against a proposed $100 million settlement in a lawsuit between the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.


“This arrest never should have happened. Citizens have a sacred right to free speech, which applies everywhere but especially at the Maryland State House.”

Del. Nicholaus “Nic” Kipke, R-Anne Arundel and minority leader, after police dropped charges against two pro-Second Amendment demonstrators.


“We were just asking for a little more time so we could help small businesses. We just wanted a crumb, and we couldn’t even get that.”

Mike O’Halloran, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, on his group’s unsuccessful effort to delay the implementation of the paid sick leave law.


“Here’s free speech. Here’s a mean person, and here’s a criminally mean person and it’s our job to draw that line.”

Sen. Robert A. ‘Bobby’ Zirkin, D-Baltimore County and chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, who is the sponsor of two bills that stiffen penalties for cyberbullying and harassment.


“Annapolis has more slippery slopes than Wisp.”

Del. Haven N. Shoemaker, R-Carroll, speaking in opposition to a bill that would increase fines for repeat offenders caught by highway work zone speed cameras.


“I’m the minority whip (in the U.S. House of Representatives), so I feel your pain.”

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, speaking to Republican state Sens. J.B. Jennings and Steve Hersey, leaders of minority Republican senators in the Maryland Senate.


“Nothing lasts forever, unless you’re the president of the Senate or the speaker of the House.”

Sen. John Astle, D-Anne Arundel, speaking of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, the two longest-serving presiding officers in Maryland history. Astle announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.


“This bill is the most childish bill I’ve ever seen. I’m embarrassed it’s even on the floor.”

Sen. Steve Hershey, R-Upper Shore (Bryan P. Sears/The Daily Record)

Sen. Steve Hershey, R-Upper Shore (Bryan P. Sears/The Daily Record)

Sen. Stephen S. Hershey Jr., R-Middle Shore and Senate minority whip, discussing a measure passed by the Senate that would require presidential candidates on the ballot in Maryland to disclose their tax returns.


“I think this (amendment) is one fairway too far.”

Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, D-Prince George’s, speaking against a proposed amendment to add a representative from a golf course to a proposed panel studying pesticides containing chlorpyrifos.


“Don’t wander too far off campus. I don’t want to see anyone at Galway Bay early.”

Del. Maggie McIntosh, D-Baltimore city, is the lead sponsor of the House resolution. (File photo)

Del. Maggie McIntosh, D-Baltimore city. (File photo)

Del. Maggie McIntosh, D-Baltimore and chair of the House Appropriations Committee, reminding her committee members about a late afternoon voting session.


“I have been a victim of the Russians. A few years ago a guy named Nikolai Volkoff ran against me. So I sympathize with Hillary (Clinton).”

Del. Pat McDonough, R-Baltimore and Harford counties, speaking on an online election advertising bill. In 2006, Josep Peruzovic, a Baltimore County code enforcement officer who is better known as his professional wrestling alter-ego, Nikolai Volkoff, ran against McDonough in the Republican primary.


“We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.”

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., urging senators to get to work quickly. The line is also from a Jerry Reed song from the movie “Smokey and the Bandit.”


“You just can’t be implanting stuff in people.”

Sen. John Astle, D-Anne Arundel, on a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring employees to submit to the implantation of an identification chip or device.


“Look around, do you see any corruption here?”

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., in response to comments made by Republicans during a filibuster that Miller said disparaged other senators and implied  members were corrupt. Miller’s comments came on the same day Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges. Oaks turned in a letter of resignation the previous evening.


“Sure, Miller is not as powerful as he once was, but that’s like saying the sun is not as hot as it once was. It’s still pretty hot.”

Todd Eberly, political science professor at St. Mary’s College, commenting on those who challenge Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.


“You look at a picture differently when you’re in the frame.”

Del. Talmadge Branch, D-Baltimore City, on his newly found support for mandatory minimum sentences for repeat gun offenders after the shooting death of his grandson on Labor Day.

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