Both parties likely will caucus on Monday to officially determine their nominees for speaker before a special Legislative session is held Tuesday to elect the new speaker.
Miley, who drew the support of labor unions, has been portrayed by Republicans and the state Chamber of Commerce as the more liberal candidate, a charge he disputes.
"Many critics of Democrats like to paint Democratic state legislators with the Obama brush when we have nothing whatsoever to do with federal legislation or what is being done at that level," Miley said. "We just have to make sure that our message of what we've done gets spread among the noise coming out of Washington."
Miley said the best way to lead the House and to preserve the Democrats' slim majority ahead of the 2014 elections is to compromise and pass good legislation.
"You may want these 10 things in a bill and I may want these other 10 things in a bill and only six of them are common to the two of us," Miley said. "I'm really hopeful, maybe I'm just naïve in this regard, but I really believe that we can all, Democrats and, of course, Republicans, we can all work pretty well together and pass good legislation."
If Miley does become speaker, he will need a new House Judiciary chairman, to replace himself, but he was noncommittal about other potential changes in House leadership.
"I truly haven't sat down and given much more than a fleeting thought," Miley said. "Keep in mind I campaigned on the platform of stability, so I don't expect there to be significant changes but, obviously, there will be some."
No one would say if one of those changes would involve the influential Finance Committee, which White currently chairs.
"I would hope that the new speaker decides to keep me on," White said. "That's one thing we really didn't talk about."
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