BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he isn't apologizing after a newspaper reported that he told campaign volunteers that his rival in the Democratic gubernatorial primary is relying on race to get elected.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's campaign sought an apology after The Washington Post obtained a recording of Gansler telling campaign volunteers that Brown's "campaign slogan is 'Vote for me, I want to be the first African American governor of Maryland."'
Gansler, who plans to announce his candidacy next month, told WBAL-AM on Wednesday morning that he doesn't have a problem with that, but the election should be based on records and vision instead. Gansler says he doesn't think he'll need any damage control and he will prevail because of the issues.
Meanwhile, during a stop in Salisbury at Perdue Farms, Brown was careful in answering any questions about the flap, but when asked directly, said that Gansler may owe "Maryland voters" an apology.
When asked what Ganlser should apologize for, Brown said that the campaign should be about issues and sited his record as Lieutenant Governor during the O'Malley administration.