Some veterans groups are demanding an apology from Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler after comments he made about a political rival.
Gansler said Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's experience as an Army lawyer in Iraq was not a real job.
Gansler made the comment at a candidates forum Monday when criticizing Brown, an opponent for the Democratic nomination for governor, for mismanaging the state healthcare rollout.
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"You know I'm running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything,” Gansler said. “You know his ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that's all fine and good, but this is a real job."
On WEAA radio’s Marc Steiner Show Wednesday, Gansler refused to apologize to veterans.
"I said nothing disparaging about veterans,” he said. “I don't feel anything disparaging of veterans. I think I admire our veterans, and I admire the lieutenant governor's service as a lawyer in Iraq and I wouldn't say anything to the contrary."
Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, who has not endorsed a candidate for governor, said Gansler needs to apologize.
“He brought up the lieutenant governor’s service in Iraq and then right after that said but this is a real job, but governor is a real job,” Jealous explained. “Since when did serving our country in Iraq, whether you are there as part of the permanent Army or you are there as a volunteer with our guard units and our reserves, not be a real job.”
State Delegate Heather Mizeur, who represents part of Montgomery County, is also seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor. The primary is June 24.