Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says a new video showing him at a high school graduation party last summer in Delaware adds nothing new to the controversy and instead confirms what he has been saying all along -- that he was only at the party to see his son.
Gansler said Friday he has not seen the video aired on FOX 5 Thursday night, but he is confident it changes none of the story he has been telling for the last two weeks.
The short clip appears to show the attorney general walking down a hallway in the house while other clips show what appears to be a raucous party where there may have been underage drinking.
The clip is very short -- just seconds long and shows Gansler in what appears to be the same white dress shirt he was wearing in the photograph that stirred the initial controversy.
FOX 5 asked him about it outside an event Friday in Wheaton.
"It's just like we talked about a couple of weeks ago for a half hour, same thing, it's nothing new,” he said. “My understanding is it's the same video that was out there before and shows me right where we said we were and doing and saying exactly what we said we were doing and you know people want to talk about the issues and I think they are passed that.”
The attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor said the last two weeks have led to what he sees as an interesting dialogue for parents and their children.
At the same event, a reporter also asked Gansler if he had ever prosecuted parents for providing alcohol to minors during his tenure as Montgomery County state's attorney.
"I don't believe the state's attorney’s office actually prosecutes those cases,” Gansler said. “I believe they are citations, but I may be wrong. I certainly never personally prosecuted any of those cases … a citation is like a ticket, for example, like a speeding ticket, the state's attorney’s office does not prosecute speeding tickets.”
The Democratic candidate for governor also kept alive an ongoing claim his opponent is "throwing dirt."
It is an accusation denied by the campaign of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown who is also running for the state's highest office.
"Right, I've got a bridge to sell you, but here is the thing: for 21 years I have been in law enforcement, I've been a prosecutor, an assistant United States attorney, I've been the attorney general and no one has questioned my judgment, character of this nature, and suddenly I announce I am running for governor, and poof, these couple of things show up.”
In response to Gansler’s remark, the Brown campaign released a statement saying Gansler “is responsible for his own behavior and we had nothing to do with his behavior being uncovered by the media.”
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