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Miller aiming to tend the garden planted
Deal, Cagle, Perdue join to honor state senator at Gainesville fundraiser
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State Sen. Butch Miller, right, greets Gov. Nathan Deal at Thursday’s reception and fundraiser for Miller held at the Robson Event Center in Gainesville. - photo by Michelle Boaen Jameson

Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle joined in honoring state Sen. Butch Miller at a fundraiser Thursday night at the Robson Event Center.

The governor praised Miller’s continued work in various roles of the Senate.

“I need that kind of energy as a part of that team,” Deal said, who tapped Miller, R-Gainesville, as one of his floor leaders in 2011.

U.S. Sen.-elect David Perdue also was in attendance along with some members of the Georgia General Assembly

Miller sought the president pro tempore position a few weeks prior but fell short in his challenge against incumbent Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, for the post.

The study committee regarding medical cannabis, of which Miller was a member, held its final meeting at the State Capitol on Wednesday. Miller said his position hasn’t changed regarding the cannabidiol oil, as long as it has narrow medical applications and no psychotropic effects.

“We’ve had other people who were kind of distracting to a great extent, wanting to talk about other issues,” Miller said, as the committee prepared a final report.

Miller noted the big shoes he hoped to fill of Deal in the 49th District.

“I want to do a good job with the responsibility that the community has entrusted me with at this time,” he said.

Asked about any future races, Miller said he doesn’t have any plans right now.

“As my grandmother used to say, ‘I want to tend the garden I’ve planted,’” he said.

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