Md. State Police Criticize Gansler Comments

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Doug Gansler. (Credit: TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Doug Gansler. (Credit: TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland State Police are criticizing Attorney General Doug Gansler for calling the commander of the executive protection section a “henchman” of Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Gansler, who is running for governor, said Tuesday on WJLA-TV that reports saying he misused his security detail to get him to events are “100 percent completely untrue.” He accused his opponent, Brown, of “running a campaign about dirty politics,” and “pulling out some memo that some henchman wrote two or three years ago.”

The state police say the reference to Lt. Charles Ardolini “is unseemly and unacceptable.” They say Ardolini’s memorandum about Gansler was the result of ongoing safety concerns expressed to him by troopers that culminated with actions witnessed by Ardolini himself.

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