For eight years, Martin O’Malley governed the State of Maryland with almost unanimous support from his allies in the state legislature, particularly Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.
Former Governor O’Malley and Senate President Miller worked as a team, one of the most successful teams in all of state politics, ushering in some of the most liberal legislation enacted among any state in the United States. With the guidance of Senate President Miller, the Maryland General assembly passed In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens, repealed the death penalty, including when police officers are murdered, and enacted some of the most sweeping gun control laws in the country.
These were major victories for the O’Malley administration and Senator Miller. O’Malley is touting his victories in Maryland in his 2016 presidential campaign.
Team O’Malley & Miller passed 40 taxes and fees along with the support of the supermajority of Democrats in the legislature. In his eight years, O’Malley & Miller increased sales taxes, income taxes, created new taxes on services, an automatic gas tax increase, and of course, taxes on businesses. They even passed a Rain Tax.
As a result of the forty consecutive tax increases under O’Malley & Miller, Larry Hogan was elected Governor. In “2015’s Best & Worst States to be a Taxpayer” conducted by personal finance site WalletHub, Maryland ranked 36th out of 50 states. However, when you adjust the rankings based on the cost of living index, Maryland drops to 44th, with only 6 states having a higher tax burden on its residents than Maryland.
Governor O’Malley and Senate President Miller set out to pass an agenda that would enable Governor O’Malley to run for President. It would not be a stretch to assume that after so much success, the team of O’Malley and Miller would stick together.
However, Miller is now having second thoughts. Former Governor O’Malley announced his candidacy for president back in May of this year and has remained at the bottom of the polling ever since. Currently, he is polling at 5% in Iowa according to a Monmouth University poll. Nationally, according to a Huffington Post poll, O’Malley is the highest he has ever been at only 1.6%.
Miller, in a change of heart has decided to endorse and support Hillary Clinton. U.S. House Minority Whip Representative Steny Hoyer has followed suit. They have both removed their support of O’Malley in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The proof is in the fundraiser: Earlier this month, on Monday, October 19th, Senate President Mike Miller and Representative Steny Hoyer co-hosted a Clinton Campaign fundraiser at Miller’s mansion on the Chesapeake Bay. The pricey, $1,000 minimum contribution fundraiser was attended by “special guest” former President Bill Clinton.
As a recent Washington Post article states “Miller and Hoyer have been onboard with Clinton for some time, but the timing of the event underscores the grave challenges facing O’Malley.”
While the political team of O’Malley and Miller was as successful as any in ushering in comprehensive liberal policies in Maryland, it is clear that the support and success they once shared will not carry over into the presidential arena.