The Politics Hour - June 13, 2014

The Politics Hour - June 13, 2014

With just days to go before Maryland's gubernatorial primaries, Democratic candidate Doug Gansler joins the Politics Hour in the studio.

A Republican Congressional primary and a surprise Democratic resignation upend Virginia politics. A longtime D.C. politician gets back in the game by announcing an independent mayoral campaign. And Maryland's front-running gubernatorial candidate opens up a lead in the polls, while the state's race for attorney general tightens up down the final stretch. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Guests

Matt Bush

Maryland Reporter, WAMU 88.5

Douglas Gansler

Democratic Candidate for Governor of Maryland; Maryland Attorney General (D)

Tom Davis

Director of federal government affairs, Deloitte LLP; Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; President, Republican Main Street Partnership; Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-Va, Dist. 11).

Gansler: Brown Using "Tricks And Dirty Politics"

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D) said Lt. Gov Anthony Brown, a fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate, had taken to "attack[ing] my family and me personally" as the two, along with Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur, vie for a nod in the June 24 primary.

When a caller on the Kojo Nnamdi Show's Politics Hour questioned Gansler's judgement and ability to serve the state's top office, referencing Gansler's choice not to intervene in a party that allegedly included underage drinking when he stopped by the gathering to speak to his son, Gansler defended his "22 years of public service."

It wasn't until Brown entered the race, Gansler said, that people had ever questioned his judgement or character.

He noted neither the police nor the chaperones of the party shut the gathering down when they had stopped by the Delaware beach house earlier in the evening.

"I think people can see through those kinds of tricks and dirty politics," he said.

Watch A Featured Clip

Maryland "could not be worse in terms of transparency and open government, Attorney General Doug Gansler told Kojo Nnamdi on Friday on his weekly Politics Hour.

Watch the clip below to see Gansler discuss his plans to improve transparency across the state.

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