LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler was recorded last month saying that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is relying on his race to get elected as the state’s next governor.
In comments captured on a recording that was obtained by The Washington Post, Gansler also told campaign volunteers at a July 15 meeting in Annapolis that Brown, his main rival in next year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, lacks the track record to be governor.
“I mean, right now his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first African American governor of Maryland,’” Gansler told the group, according to The Post. “That’s a laudable goal, but you need a second sentence: ‘Because here’s what I’ve done, and here’s why I’ve done it.’”
The Post says the recording was provided to the newspaper by someone not employed by either campaign.
Gansler’s campaign didn’t dispute the comments, The Post says, but accused Brown’s campaign of recording the comments illegally.
Brown’s campaign told The Post that the comments were “out of touch with Maryland values.”
A third gubernatorial candidate, Heather Mizeur, is seeking to become the state’s first openly gay governor.