Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler released a statement on his Facebook page Thursday afternoon addressing a story published in the Baltimore Sun Wednesday revealing that he was photographed at a “party of teenagers” at a beach house in Delaware in June. Gansler, who is running for governor as a Democrat, initially defended his actions by saying he stopped briefly at the party to speak to his teenage son who was participating in the “beach week” event and that he does not have “any moral authority over other people’s children at beach week in another state.” In the statement posted on his Facebook, Gansler conceded he could have handled the situation differently.
“As a parent of a 19-year old, I face the same issues as many of you. How do we get it right? How do we draw the balance between helping our college teenagers make good choices and when to pull them back? You try to always make the best decisions. In this case, maybe I should have done something differently,” Gansler wrote.
Along with his Facebook statement, Gansler held a press conference Thursday afternoon where he told reporters he had not “participated” in the party. He also denied that he is using a camera in the photo, which shows him holding out a cell phone.
“I don’t know how to take pictures,” Gansler said.