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A fundraiser, the Godfather and a little Dr. Seuss

A little rat-a-tat over a fundraiser provided a few guffaws on the Senate floor and even a line from Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller that could have tangled with the rhetoric of one Vito Corleone.

Miller was reprimanding Senators for planning a fundraiser in the Senate office building, which was written about in this morning's Gazette, when he offered this quip:

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"You have to be aware of your enemies, but you have to be more aware of what your friends are doing without your knowledge," he said, offering a word of consolation to some of the Baltimore County folks who had planned it.

A dispute broke out about whether it was actually a fundraiser or if the money would just be enough to cover costs. Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley, sensing a good one-liner, stood:

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"If you all want to have a caucus meeting, we'll be happy to vacate the room," he said, as laughter broke out and a few oohs.

Going a little below the belt with a line that fell flat, Miller said that whatever Democrats have done, they would never resort to "your tactics," mentioning a movie being made and super-lobbyist/felon Jack Abramoff. Thanks a lot, Mike.

Still, before they adjourned, he brought in someone they could all welcome: The Cat in the Hat. Monday is Dr. Seuss's birthday, and the state teachers' association had brought him in to take some pix with lawmakers. Sen. Ulysses Currie was particularly charmed.

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