If any ill will remains between the state's two top legislative leaders over the chaotic end to this year's session, the two concealed it well at the Democratic Party's gala fund-raiser in Greenbelt Monday night.

Despite the mutual finger-pointing between House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller in the days after the General  Assembly's adjournment April 9, the speaker provided a warm introduction of Miller as "Mr. Democrat"  at a VIP reception at the fund-raiser.

Miller, for his part, showed he is now seeing some humor in the way the session ended -- with a failed tax plan, a Doomsday budget that wasn't intended to see the light of day and a consensus among Democrats that they need to come back for a special session May 14 to repair the damage.

"We had a dynamite session (this) year  -- perhaps that's why  it exploded," Miller said.