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  •  MD Gov: Gansler steps in it again (6+ / 0-)

    He really just needs to keep his mouth shut. I get that the two new polls that have him down big are probably a big blow to his ego, but these unforced errors aren't going to help him in the least.

    Basically he said that Brown's running mate, Ken Ulman, is more qualified to be governor than Brown because of his experience as county executive. But he didn't stop there:

    Gansler had told the crowd the contest for governor, "This isn't a sixth grade class election."

    When asked to clarify that remark afterward, Gansler said a governor needs to have executive experience, such as his own in running the state's attorney office in Montgomery County and running the attorney general's office.

    "This is a real job, and it requires real leadership and credibility," Gansler said. "What I'm suggesting is, of the Democratic candidates, I'm the only one with executive experience. I'm the only one in the race that's credible because I get things done. ...  I'm not just voting on something or watching from the sidelines. I'm getting things done."

    So the former majority whip of the House of Delegates, an Iraq vet, and the current lieutenant governor is somebody that just sat on the sidelines, and his white running mate is obviously more qualified because...Gansler manages the attorney general's office? I'm pretty sure the lieutenant governor has a staff of considerable size, as he did when he was running the whip's office in the House, and a colonel in army probably has some experience leading people so Gansler is really playing with fire with this one, particularly because of the racial implications of what he's saying.
    •  I don't think this one was so bad (0+ / 0-)

      I don't see how the "sixth grade class election" remark is at all racial, or otherwise a personal slam on Brown that anyone would think is in conspicuously bad taste.

      I agree it's still a gaffe in that it doesn't make sense, it doesn't ring true, and thus it just makes him look dumb.

      But this one strikes me as "Michael Scott [from The Office] dumb," not "insulting dumb."

      45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 07:54:44 AM PST

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