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Brown issues statements on Gansler “real job” comment

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown fired back at comments made Monday about his military service made by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

Gansler, who is facing Brown in the Democratic primary for governor, referenced Brown’s military service in Iraq during a candidate’s forum with the Tech Council of Maryland in Bethesda.

“Anthony Brown is a colonel in the United States Army Reserve, he’s served for nearly 30 years, and received the Bronze Star for his tour of duty in the Iraq War– he is honored to wear the uniform and we will let his record of service speak for itself,” Justin Schall, a spokesman for the Brown campaign said in an emailed statement.

Gansler came under fire for an answer given in response to a question about lessons that could be learned from the rollout of the Affordable Care Act—an issue Gansler has repeatedly criticized Brown on related to his involvement with the state health exchange website.

“I’m running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything,” Gansler said. “You know, his ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq and that’s all fine and good but this is a real job. We need to have somebody who actually has leadership experience and done budgets.”

Gansler went on to contrast his work as both Montgomery County state’s attorney and his current position with Brown’s resume.

“The reason why that is so important is that the one thing he did, it was a debacle,” Gansler said, referring to the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange website.

Gansler’s campaign later issued a clarifying statement saying he had the ‘utmost respect “for Brown’s military career but that his answer was meant to highlight that Brown’s “only attempt to lead as lieutenant governor was the unmitigated debacle of the health exchange.”

As part of the response to Gansler’s comment, the emailed statement from the Brown campaign also included a note about an additional comment from “a Republican who doesn’t support us reached out with this statement if you’d like to use it.”

The statement from Del. Robert A. Costa, R-Anne Arundel said:

“Lt. Gov. Brown and I may belong to different political parties but as a fellow soldier, I appreciate his service to our country in Baghdad during wartime. To say it’s anything less than a ‘real job’ is insulting.”

In a television interview late Monday, Brown told WBAL television that Gansler’s comments were “reckless and irresponsible.”

“They demonstrate a disrespect and disservice to this nation’s veterans and the men and women who serve in the military,” Brown told the station Monday night before a candidate’s forum at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. “You know, there are hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the military in different locations and I can assure Doug Gansler that each of them has a real job.”

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  1. As a ,matter of a fact, Gansler has proposed more specific defense related, manufacturing related, NSA related, cybersecurity related, biotech-reerlated real jobs ane ways to aggressively court those jobs – which O’Malley and Brown have had 8 years to do and have not done at all (in fact, their tax tax tax policies have driven all of those defense related, returning vet related industries from the state like the bleeding heart virus). Gansler’s father Jack Gansler was undersecretary of defense for Clinton and is one of the most respected executive experts on procurement, defense production, and public policy in the nation among both Republican and Democratic circles – he is frequently photographed sitting betweeen the Bush and Clinton Secretaries of Defense. So just a dang minute here!

    And Gansler did not say anything disrepectful per se about vets. When your opponent is holding his Harvard degree and saying look I am an attorney and I was a colonel in Iraq, therefore I am more qualified than you to be Governor, it is fair play to ask “oh yeah, just exactly what did you do as Col in Iraq?” He was a lawyer. Well in my book a guy who spends his entire childhood talking to his dad about defense, defense procurement, and public policy matters and whose Dad happens to be a high ranking member of the President’s cabinet as well as the Defense Department happens to have as much right to an opinion on these issues as a guy who served in Iraq writing legal briefs. And who has done absolutely nothing for vets or to create jobs for the defense industry or to help transitioning vets or even to take the initiative on his own to actually do anything that is his own idea in 8 years time. Not one thing. And the one thing he did do – create the health exchange – cost at least 10x what it was budgeted to cost, was a complete failure at enrolling eligible people, lined Brown’s campaign pockets (what STINKS STINKS), has resulted in both a State and Federal audit – the results of wich will not be complted before the primary (how convenient), and the entire progrram Brown spent all that money on was scrapped in favor of hiring the firm that created the CT Health Exchange which came in under budget and enrolled more people than expected and worked without a glitch. Hmpf.

    And Gansler has issued pages and pages and pages of specific proposals of how to aggressively go after these good paying jobs for returning vets (and also training for those in ROTC – and jobs and training for all of Maryland). Whereas his opponent – just like O’Malley in the debates with Huckabee – (go to and check 2012 presidential debates) is lying about the true number of jobs created. Likewise they are lying about the true unemployment figures by just dropping everyone who is marginalized — like I said before, what STINKS STINKS.

    Now who do we really neeed for a leader? The guy who lies to us? Or the guy who has the balls to tell us the truth and who has some real ideas about how to really bring industry and jobs back to this State? Or would you all rather just be flipping burgers and cleaning carpets for the rest of your lives. That is if you are lucky enough to find a good job doing that. Steelworrkers are being laid off with no alternatives – what they are supposed to feed their families and survive on what they make as a gas station attendant? Replacing good paying “real” jobs with poor paying service industry jobs is not creating more jobs. It is utterly intellectually dishonest.

    Brown has had his chance. He has done nothing. Gansler has been a very aggressive and assertive Attorney General whether you like the fact that he speaks his mind and has some guts or not. Gansler is exactly what we need. Someowhenne with some real courage who isn’t going to lie to you and tell you everything is hunky dory when you can telll just from the number of businesses in your neighborhood that have boarded up and homes that are vacant that this rosey Brown-O[‘Malley story is bs.

    Gansler has nothing but respect for veterans and for our men in service. That is why he wants to put them to work. To make sure they are taken care of. Just like he wants to make sure the whole State is taken care of — he doesn’t want ot just make some fancy schmancy speech.

    You guys ought to wake up and smell the coffee.

    What he actually said was now with respect to Brown’s military service and all of that, THAT’S FINE, but for this job you need someone up to a real job. And the simple truth of the matter is that being a lawer who is a Colonel doesn’t prepare you to lead as Governor. Nor does being Lieut Governor. Brown hasn’t done one single thing of his own initiative. What kind of champion is that? He is a follower. Not a leader.

    Times are tough. We need a real fighter. You might not like what he is saying because of how you are hearing it but I will tell you this: DOUG IS ONE HECK OF A FIGHTER. And this fight has just begun. Ask Brown what he has done for vets in the past 8 years? What HE himself specifcallly Anthony Brown has done? Nothing.

    Give me a break. And you’d even think of voting for this Brown clown?