Maryland Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-26) wants Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller to be censured for statements made in a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan that opposed the removal of a statue of former Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney on the grounds of the Statehouse. Removal of the monument is being sought because of Taney’s allegedly racist views and court orders that suppressed the rights of African Americans.

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller addresses members of the Senate in Annapolis on the first day of the 2017 legislative session. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

In his letter dated Aug. 17, Miller defended Taney’s character and stated his own personal reason for refusing to vote in favor of the statue’s removal.  Sen. Miller’s reason appears to be contrary to the intent of a bill submitted by Sen. Muse during the 2016 legislative session (SB 713) which called for the statue to be relocated to the Maryland State Archives. Muse responded his objection to Miller’s refusal to support the Taney statue removal by stating:

“In light of the tragic and violent events in Charlottesville and concerns about promoting and inciting a climate of racial hatred and division in our nation, I would hope that the majority of my colleagues will join me in strongly rebuking the senate president’s remarks as well as those expressed by President Trump and others who would defend what Justice Taney stood for,” said Muse.

Sen. Muse urged the entire body of the Maryland Senate to support the call for censure of Sen. Miller’s remarks.

“I believe that we must send an unequivocal message about this with a vote by the entire body of the senate on the substance of Sen. Miller’s letter,” Muse said in a statement.