October 25th, 2013
09:45 AM ET

Maryland A.G. Apologizes After Being Caught on Camera at Wild Party

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Thursday he should have done more to investigate alleged underage drinking at a high school beach party this summer.

Gansler, a Democrat who is running for governor in 2014, admitted that not doing more was a mistake, but said that “regret” might be too strong a term to describe how he was feeling.

“Maybe in this case, I should have done something differently,” Gansler said at a press conference. I “probably should have” tried to “investigate whether there was drinking going on, and then taken action on that.”

Gansler told reporters that he only spent a few minutes at the June 2012 party, where “there may have been some college students or others drinking beer.” Gansler was forced to address the controversy after the Baltimore Sun published a story about his presence at the party, including a photograph of him in the crowd.

He went there, Gansler said, in order to tell his 19-year old son about what time their family would be leaving the beach the next morning, CNN’s Brian Todd reports.

Gansler’s son was in South Bethany, Delaware, according to the attorney general, for “beach week” – a celebratory week after high school graduation where students rent beach houses.

Gansler may have apologized, but is his apology accepted?

CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and CNN Political Analyst John Avlon weigh in. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

“The initial take is at least legally he would be responsible for the underage drinking. There are social host laws all over the country. My understanding if it's true that he rented this house along with other children, means that he's responsible for providing alcohol to underage kids and the law holds him responsible,” Hostin says.

“Here's the problem: you got a guy who’s attorney general of the state, running for governor ending up in the middle of a party out of an '80s sexteen comedy…That is not a good place place for an attorney general to be folks,” Avlon says.

“Now he has to con front that. He was facing an uphill fight for governor anyway. This ain't gonna help.”


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