Why did a picture of Maryland Attorney General (and gubernatorial hopeful) Douglas F. Gansler at a wild teenage party make national news? Well, according to Gansler, “[T]here are definitely people who don’t want me to become governor, and you have to sort of ask yourself why that would be.”
But there’s a problem with the persecution-complex defense. Whoever you are, whatever office you’re running for, there will be people who don’t want you to win. (It’s kind of the nature of an election: you face one or several opponents.) It’s not enough to avoid owning up to a scandalous moment in which you not only tacitly condoned underage drinking, but essentially facilitated it.