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Gansler says Lt. Gov. Brown relying on race in bid for Md. governor

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Md. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (left) and Md. Attorney General Doug Gansler Md. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (left) and Md. Attorney General Doug Gansler
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -

Maryland's attorney general is standing by his controversial comments directed at Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown.

Doug Gansler is speaking out for the first time since he was caught on tape saying Brown's only campaign slogan is to be the first African-American governor of Maryland.

Gansler’s remarks were recorded during a July 15 meeting with supporters in Annapolis without his knowledge. But what he is caught saying on that recording is putting the candidate for governor on the defensive a month before he has even announced his campaign.

The attorney general says there will be no apologies after he suggested Lt. Gov. Brown is relying on his race to become governor.

"I don’t know why I would apologize,” said Gansler.

The Washington Post obtained the recording in which Gansler is asked by a supporter to contrast his candidacy with Brown’s.

On the recording, Gansler said, "Compare his record, which is a little thin, versus our record and pick the area of what we've done, and then the vision. I mean, right now his campaign slogan is 'Vote for me, I want to be the first African-American Governor of Maryland,' which is fine."

In Silver Spring, Gansler did not deny the comments, but said they were taken out of context, and said that a felony was committed recording his remarks without his knowledge.

"This was an organizational meeting that somebody brought a tape recorder to,” Gansler said. “Obviously that was a felony and that was a misuse of the wiretap statute and so forth.”

Lt. Gov. Brown, who is in Ocean City attending a municipalities convention, issued a statement to FOX 5.

"I'm disappointed that Doug Gansler has decided to ignore my record and instead focus on race in this election. My campaign is about bringing people together to build a better Maryland for more Marylanders, and I will stay committed to creating jobs, expanding access to affordable health care, and improving all of our schools.”

Gansler said he was simply talking about the differences in the two campaigns.

“Clearly I’m looking at the character of the people running and not his race, and I’m hoping voters do that too,” he said.

The Democratic primary election will take place on June 24, 2014.


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