Doug Gansler avoids state trooper allegation questions on Monday
BELTSVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - Maryland Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler did not address any questions on Monday referring to recent allegations that he instructed state troopers to run red lights while driving him to appointments.
Gansler arrived in Beltsville in his black SUV before briskly stepping away from the vehicle and distancing himself from the controversy; when asked if he was going to address it, he replied that he was there to talk about the Lieutenant Governor.
The purpose of the Monday event was to highlight Gansler's campaign and announce his running mate – but few, if any, in the media wanted to talk about those particular topics.
We have learned that over a period of months ending in 2011, seven state troopers complained about Gansler instructing them to turn on lights and sirens in order to run red lights while driving him to appointments.
Troopers also stated that Gansler would take the wheel himself when they didn’t do as he instructed. They added Gansler would brag about how he drove with the siren on when he was alone.
Gansler recently released a statement to the Washington Post, saying: "I deeply respect the troopers, the job they do protecting me and the public. A few of the 18 troopers who have provided me protection felt my backseat driving made them uncomfortable — for that I apologize."
But even though Gansler did not counter the allegations in person on Monday, some of his supporters did.
"It's not accurate," insisted Gansler supporter, Al Wynn. "There are distortions... Doug says there have been mistakes, but a lot of the things that have been said have not been accurate."
Meanwhile, a Maryland State Police spokesman said, "We stand by our troopers, and appropriate actions were taken."
The actions reportedly involved a meeting between State Police officials and Gansler.
This event intended to formally announce PG County Delegate, Jolene Ivey, as his running mate ended without Gansler addressing the driving controversy – something he may have to do as the campaign continues.