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Miller: Currie to step down as budget chairman "as he works to prove his innocence"

Thumbnail image for mike miller.jpgSen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) will step aside as chairman of the powerful Budget and Taxation Committee until his legal issues are resolved, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said Wednesday afternoon.

Miller issued a statement shortly after news broke that Currie had been indicted on charges that he took bribes from a grocery chain in exchange for using his position to benefit the company

"I am saddened that the investigation of Senator Currie has reached this point," Miller said in the statement. "Senator Currie has confronted adversity throughout his life, and I am confident he will be exonerated."

Miller said that Currie made the decision to step aside as chairman "as he works to prove his innocence."

Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer (D-Howard), the panel's vice chairman, will take over as acting chairman, Miller said.

The complete text of Miller's statement is below.

STATEMENT OF SENATE PRESIDENT THOMAS V. MIKE MILLER, JR.

Annapolis, Maryland - Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. released the following statement today:

"I am saddened that the investigation of Senator Currie has reached this point. Senator Currie has confronted adversity throughout his life, and I am confident he will be exonerated.

"Senator Currie grew up as the son of a sharecropper in the segregated South. He put himself through college and graduate school, and he served our Country with honor in the United States Army. He has always put others ahead of himself, working for decades as an educator, school principal, and legislator to improve the lives of young people in Maryland.

"Senator Currie and I spoke today. He believes that he will be unable to dedicate himself fully to serving as Chairman of the Budget and Taxation Committee as he works to prove his innocence. As such, he informed me that he will step aside as Chairman until this matter is resolved. The Vice-Chairman of the Committee, Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer, will serve as the acting Chairman during this time.

"Senator Currie is a man of faith and integrity. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his wife, Reverend Shirley Currie, and their family during this difficult time."

By John Wagner  |  September 1, 2010; 2:56 PM ET
Categories:  John Wagner , Prince George's County  
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