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Campaigning with Cody: primary takes a turn for the dirty

24 April 2014 By Cody Boteler, Associate News Editor One Comment

Last week at the gubernatorial forum hosted on campus, each of the three democratic primary candidates were given time to introduce themselves and then to respond to questions from a group of panelists.

Because of traffic issues, Attorney General Doug Gansler was late to the forum. This allowed Del. Heather Mizeur to take questions from the audience.

And, really, this is where Mizeur shines. She speaks best and most confidently when connecting one-on-one with voters, speaking to people personally, instead of to a crowd.

Since the forum, the primary has taken a spin for the negative.

Early this week Gansler implied that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s job in the military wasn’t a “real job.” He also said that Brown did not have leadership experience.

A national veterans group that has endorsed Brown quickly criticized Gansler. Gansler shortly after released a statement clarifying his remarks, saying that he wasn’t criticizing Brown’s military service, but his leadership record.

“The point I was trying to make is that Anthony Brown’s only attempt to lead as lieutenant governor was the unmitigated debacle of the health exchange website that denied Marylanders access to health care and cost taxpayers nearly $200 million,” he said in the released statement.

Brown said that Gansler’s comments were “reckless and irresponsible,” and that they were disrespectful to those who have served in the military.

Brown and Gansler’s campaigns have also each created websites attacking the other. Gansler’s website asks if Brown has “come clean” about his handling of the Maryland health care exchange website and Brown’s campaign has created a website that challenges claims Gansler makes in speeches and public appearances.

Mizeur and her campaign, on the other hand, have stayed above the fray. Instead of slinging mud at the other two and picking apart statements, Mizeur has continued to discuss her ideas and reach out to different groups for support.

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