Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he'll back John Delaney's bid to win in sixth Congressional District -- but he'd also like to see the candidate's income tax forms.
"The fact is it is over, and people spoke," Miller said. "I’m going to support Mr. Delaney and I hope he is victorious."
Delaney thumped Miller favorite Rob Garagiola in yesterday's Democratic primary. The district was redrawn in October with Garagiola in mind, but his campaign faltered -- and never put an ad on TV.
During the hotly contested primary race, Garagiola released his income tax forms for the past 10 years. Delaney furnished a summary of his to the Washington Post.
"I would like to see him, now that the election is over, show his income taxes," Miller said. "That would be nice. We’re all about disclosure and ethics, it would be nice to see if he pays less than 15 percent, less than Mitt Romney, or more."
Miller also noted the vast amounts of money spent during the race. "The people spoke. But what spoke unfortunately was the unlimited dollars," Miller said. Delaney outspent Garagiola 3 to 1, including using $1.7 million of his personal wealth.
"He was able to define Rob in a negative way," Miller said. "You know Rob. He’s a patriot. He’s a good citizen. He’s a good legislator. One of the premier environmentalists here in the Senate. And yet through the media, and through direct mail and television he was able to be portrayed as a tool of the lobbyists. Nothing could be further from the truth."
During session Miller tipped his hat to four senators whose names were on the primary ballot yesterday and gave each a chance to speak. Only Sen. Nancy Jacobs won. She'll face U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger in November. She gushed that the race was "a lot of fun."
Garagiola said that he is "blessed" to be able to continue his tenure in the senate. Sen. David Brinkley, who failed to take down U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, said it is an "honor" to be in the senate.
Sen. C. Anthony Muse, who lost to Sen. Ben Cardin by nearly 50 points, was not in the chamber.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun