Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller apologized Friday after he made a comment comparing a frequent claim by Gov. Larry Hogan with Hitler's "Big Lie."
Miller, a Calvert County Democrat, made the remark in an interview with a group of reporters in which he was discussing the state of Maryland's economy. The Senate president quickly stressed that he was not comparing Hogan to Hitler, but reports of his comment quickly circulated and by late afternoon Miller issued a statement of apology.
"As I said at the time, I was not equating the Governor with Hitler, nor pulling the 'Hitler Card," Miller said. "The purpose of my comment was to simply illustrate the absurdities of the attacks on Maryland's economy. I truly apologize to anybody who was offended by my comments."
In remarks Friday morning, Miller had quoted a statement he attributed to Hitler that the bigger a lie you tell, the more people would believe it. He followed that by saying that while he wasn't comparing Hogan to Hitler, Hogan's frequent claim that Gov. Martin O'Malley had imposed 40 consecutive tax increases was spurious -- using a barnyard term to describe it.
Doug Mayer, a Hogan spokesman, shot back.
"A lot of people think if you have to play the 'Hitler card' in order to make your case, you probably need a better argument. Governor Hogan believes, just like the overwhelming majority of Marylanders believe, that increasing taxes 40 times in eight years is nothing to be proud of and one of the major reasons our state continues to struggle economically.," Mayer said.
"That said, there is never a dull moment with Senate President Miller in the State House," he added.