Senators Join Cult Of The Camel

March 04, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., the state Senate president, swept his eyes over the latest camel coat eruption yesterday and knew he was woefully out of uniform.

It was Thursday, the day on which a growing number of male senators have taken to wearing camel-colored sport jackets.

The bipartisan fashion statement began by coincidence a few weeks ago but now threatens to evolve into tradition.

The camel count yesterday stood at nine of the 37 male senators, two senatorial aides, one plainclothes state trooper and two reporters.

But it quickly became clear that the 10 female senators had decided to close the gender gap in camel chic.

As Mr. Miller banged the gavel to open the morning session, they marched in clad in the closest thing to camel available -- gold-colored cloth jackets commandeered from the Senate's corps of high school pages.

As for his own electric-blue, brushed-suede jacket, Mr. Miller explained, jokingly if sheepishly, "I thought today was Glen Burnie Day."

That was an attempt to hide behind Sen. Michael J. Wagner of northern Anne Arundel County, who is given to suede jackets. His jackets come in black, dark and light brown, dark and light blue, burgundy, green and white.

Mr. Wagner, however, was wearing a sedate gray suit.

The pressure soon became too much for Mr. Miller. Ten minutes into the session, an aide slipped discreetly in through a side door and passed a camel jacket to him on the podium.

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