Maryland Senate President Mike Miller today endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the US Senate race, reports the Post.
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. has joined the ranks of prominent politicians backing Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the state’s tightly contested Democratic primary for an open U.S. Senate seat.
Miller (D-Calvert), the longest-serving state Senate president in the nation, said in an interview that Van Hollen’s deep ties with Maryland’s political establishment and his experience driving legislative initiatives would make him a more effective leader than his opponent, U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards.
“He’s the person I would want making policy on Capitol Hill,” Miller said. “He hasn’t asked me to endorse him per se, but in terms of the two, in terms of making things happen, I’m going to be very supportive of him.”
Van Hollen served 12 years in the Maryland General Assembly before winning election to the U.S. House in 2003. Edwards, by contrast, was a lawyer and community activist who in 2008 ousted a Democratic incumbent and became the first African American woman to represent Maryland in Congress.
Miller’s backing gives Van Hollen another establishment ally in his bid to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), a legendary figure in Maryland politics.
Among those in the party who have endorsed the congressman are Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and state Del. Maggie L. McIntosh (Baltimore).