Red cups, sweaty shirtless dancing, a house full of teens — none of these struck Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler as a sign that he was in the middle of a party where underaged teens were possibly getting sloshed. In a press conference on Thursday he admitted that not breaking the party up was kind of a mistake. The last couple of days have been hard for Gansler, because it was revealed that he was in the middle of a raging teen party last June, and did nothing to stop it. In fact, he's pictured here right in the middle of sweaty teens:
If people are having that fun a time sober, by all means. But there's some stuff going on like red cups and shirtlessness, and arms raised up in the air — the universal code that people might be drinking alcoholic things. And not only is Gansler a parent, but he's also the top law enforcement official of the state of Maryland. People say that because of his profession, he's obligated to uphold the law. And Gansler had previously campaigned against teen drinking and drunk driving. To that, Gansler told the Baltimore Sun:
"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."
That was before his story got national attention. Now Gansler is changing his tune a bit. "In this case, maybe I should have done something different," he said at a press conference today, explaining why he was at the party. "Perhaps I should have assumed there was drinking in the home, and I got that wrong," he added, explaining that liquid which the teens were drinking out red cups "could be Kool-Aid instead of beer." We'd like what he's having.
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