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Gansler Calls Teen Party Scandal ‘Character Assassination’

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Gansler is the grown-up looking one in the white shirt. Photo via Instagram.
Gansler is the grown-up looking one in the white shirt. Photo via Instagram.

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.

Md.’s Democratic Incumbents Really, Really Want Brown for Governor

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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

Not all of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s opponents in the Democratic gubernatorial primary have even officially announced their candidacy yet, and Maryland’s current second-in-command has just about shot the moon the with endorsements from the state’s top Democrats.

House minority whip Steny H. Hoyer, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Donna F. Edwards, state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, and Gov. Martin O’Malley have all thrown their support behind Brown. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski added her name to the list at a rally on Sunday.

O’Malley Says Independent Investigation of Prison Scandal Not Necessary

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After Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler called for an independent investigation into the absurd Baltimore Detention Center scandal as the only way to restore “public confidence in the prison system,” Gov. Martin O’Malley shot back a quick thanks-but-no-thanks, stating, “I share your desire to rid the Baltimore City Detention Center of corruption, and believe that we have put in place the necessary steps to achieve that goal while the state and federal investigations proceed.” You can almost hear the governor’s jaw clenching!

Yeah, Let’s Refrain from Taking Everyone’s DNA for Now

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Maryland’s Court of Appeals recently ruled that collecting DNA from criminal suspects — suspects, mind you — after being charged violates their constitutional rights. And now it seems everyone — Gov. Martin O’Malley, as well as “police chiefs and prosecutors from the D.C. suburbs to Baltimore County” — is asking Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler to challenge the decision, and defend the brave new world that is the routine DNA harvesting of citizens not convicted of a crime.

Sure, it looks like it’s inevitable that one day we will trade in our social security cards for electronic tracking devices implanted in our skulls, but can we at least try to stem the tide a little bit? Do we really want to jump face first into a dystopian future?

Of course, proponents of DNA collection of criminal suspects argue that it helps detectives solve crimes, terrible crimes like rape or murder. But the challenge for law enforcement agencies has always been to track down criminals while not infringing on our constitutional rights. That’s not new. What’s new is the opportunistic collection of DNA.

Gov. Martin O’Malley likes to present himself as “tough on crime,” but perhaps “tough on privacy” would be more to the point.

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