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Miller says Dems will keep the House

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, sounded an optimistic and almost defiant note Thursday on Democrats’ chances of keeping control of the House of Representatives.

“I think we hold onto it with a rather smaller margin than we had,” he said, just after accompanying U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer on a campaign-stop tour of Contra Costa College’s automotive hybrid jobs training program. “It’s still ours to lose.”

Miller, who as co-chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee works closely with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the caucus’ political and policy agenda, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy and these final days won’t be either. “Of course, I’m concerned – this is a very tough election cycle.”

But asked what Democrats would do if they lost control of the House, he quickly replied, “we don’t plan to have that happen;” he said he, Pelosi and other leaders have been planning for the next session on the assumption that Democrats will still be in control and she’ll still be Speaker.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Common Tater

    Miller’s comments are a perfect example of why MJ should still remain illegal. Smoking weed leads to flights of fancy and loss of touch with reality.

  • Elwood

    Miller has obviously been there too long.

    He’s lost his mind.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Geo. Miller is the potted palm of the Left: He’s been there so long, in one place, folks assume he’s a fixture. Miller won’t rise any higher in Congress and will continue to posture as the spokesman for children, the ill, the poor and the deranged. He will preserve his little fiefdom among the Lefties but unless every major pollster and pundit is wrong, Speaker Nancy will take the fall and descend to the lower depths where Lee, Stark, Dingell (if he keeps his seat) and the other 1960s leftovers dwell.

  • publius

    Liberal Nightmare

    The days of tax and spend will come to an end.
    Our great country will begin to heal and mend.
    George and Nancy will retreat to the Plutonian shore!
    Quoth the Raven “nevermore!”