Worst Politician of the Week: Douglas Gansler

As part of a continuing series to expose any politician who is clearly unfit for office, we will expose the biggest lie, craziest statement, or most egregious behavior of an elected official or one running for office every week.


Wave to the camera, Mr. Gansler

In this edition of the Worst Politician of the Week, we’re taking a look at Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler who was recently seen at a party his son was DJing at (pictured on the right).  Naturally, the party contained underage drinking.  The Attorney General (the person who represents the prosecutorial arm of the law in a state’s government) arrived, went upstairs to speak with his son, then left the party as if he had never been there.

“There could be Kool-Aid in the red cups,” he said, “but there’s probably beer in the red cups.” (source)

Obviously, it is his job to uphold the law as the Attorney General of Maryland, and many might expect even the slightest concern at the fact a party his son is at is filled with underage drinking. Even if he disagrees with a minimum drinking age law, he still represents an office that executes the law, not legislates it, and therefore has some modicum of responsibility.

Howeverthis is not the reason he wins the Worst Politician of the Week award.  Instead, he wins it because he’s a complete hypocrite surrounding underage drinking altogether. He has been a member of the Montgomery County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commit since 2004, a member of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program to prevent underage drinking, a participant in Teen Court, and has been awarded the “Hero Award” from Mother’s Against Drunk Driving in 2002.

He’s been a staunch advocate against underage drinking for years, but apparently lost his principles at his son’s party – principles, of course, he so vigorously defended in his ascension to the Attorney General’s office.  He claims it is not his place. He is a parent and has no responsibility at the party. This would be fine and dandy except for the fact he is the Attorney General of Maryland with a history of staunch support against underage drinking. His defense?

“Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party. How is that relevant to me? . . . The question is: Do I have any moral authority over other people’s children at beach week in another state? I say no…. My responsibility is only to my child.” (source)

At this stage, he’s hardly a random private citizen who happened to wander aimlessly into a party. Nor is it a case where he has never gone on record about underage drinking. He didn’t even pull his 19 year old son out of the party after seeing the ‘widespread drinking’. If he wants to be responsible to his own child, you’d think he’d stick to his almost two decades of strong anti-underage drinking principle’s and pull his own underage son out of there.

At worst, a shameless charlatan who will say anything to curry favor to slither his way to the political top.  At best, he is your run of the mill simpleton who doesn’t understand the gravity of his position or respect for the rule of law.

For these actions, Douglas Gansler is hereby given the Worst Politician of the Week award in recognition of being a complete hypocrite who will only show his true colors when photographic evidence comes out against him.