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Maryland Attorney General claimes he ‘was sending a text and NOT taking a picture’ of dancing teens at his underage son’s booze-filled party

  • Doug Gansler, 50, is the Attorney General  for Maryland and he is currently running to be the next Democratic governor of  the state
  • His son Sam and his classmates were  having a ‘beach week’ graduation party at a rented home in Delaware in June 
  • Gansler is pictured in the middle of the  party surrounded by teens holding red Solo cups
  • He denies responsibility: ‘It could be  Kool-aid instead of beer,’ he said

By  Meghan Keneally

PUBLISHED: 11:10 EST, 25  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:38 EST, 25 October 2013

The Maryland Attorney General who was  pictured at his son’s drink-filled high school graduation party has continued to  list off excuses for not shutting down the underage party.

Doug Gansler, who is currently running for  governor, said in a press conference that ‘there may have been some college  students or others drinking beer. I just don’t know.’

Two pictures of 50-year-old Gansler  surrounded by partying teens have emerged, and in one he is holding up his cell  phone in the direction of two boys and a girl dancing on a table. It appears  like he is holding the phone as if to take a picture, but he denied that claim.

‘I did not take any pictures…My guess is  what I’m doing is reading a text,’ he  said at a press conference on Thursday.

Caught in the act: Attorney General Doug Gansler is seen taking a picture with his phone in the middle of a party where recent high school graduates are seen holding SOLO cups 

Caught in the act: Attorney General Doug Gansler is seen  taking a picture with his phone in the middle of a party where recent high  school graduates are seen holding SOLO cups

Having a look: Gansler, in the white shirt, is seen in the middle of the crowd of teenagers as he looks on while two teens dance graphically on top of a table 

Having a look: Gansler, in the white shirt, is seen in  the middle of the crowd of teenagers as he looks on while two teens dance  graphically on top of a table

 

‘I should have probably (been) more observant  and maybe determined whether or not there was drinking going on,’ he  said.

‘I should have assumed there was drinking  going on and I got that wrong.’

In a second picture obtained by ABC News, Gansler is seen watching the  dancing teens but this time his phone is out of sight.

The issue is particularly problematic for  Gansler since he has been an outspoken activist against underage drinking.

His son Sam and a large group of friends were  celebrating their high school graduation at a week-long beach house party in  nearby Delaware.

Not only was he present at the party but Mr  Gansler was one of the parents who chipped in and paid to rent the beach house  for the graduating seniors.

In the middle: Gansler faces backlash over the photo because he has been outspoken against underage drinking 

In the middle: Gansler faces backlash over the photo  because he has been outspoken against underage drinking

 

The Baltimore Sun obtained a list of rules  that the parents gave to the partying teens, saying that there would be no  coupling up in the bedrooms and no drinking hard alcohol.

‘Assume for purposes of discussion that there  was widespread drinking at this party- how is that relevant to me?’ he said to  The Baltimore Sun.

He went on to use the fact that the party-  which revelers dubbed ‘eviction party’  because of the intensity of the  partying- took place in Delaware rather  than their home state of Maryland.

‘The question is, do I have any moral  authority over other people’s children at beach week in another state? I say  no.’

One of the most incriminating photos was  found on Instagram, showing the 50-year-old Gansler in the middle of a crowded  room of dancing teens, holding up his cell phone as if to take a picture of two  bare-chest boys dancing on either side of a teenage girl in a bikini.

At a press conference held after the photo  became public, Gansler continued to toe the line that he did not know if any  illegal drinking was taking place.

‘In this case, maybe I should have done  something different,’ he said according to The Washington Post.

Campaigning: Attorney General Doug Gansler is hoping to become the next Democratic mayor of Maryland 

Campaigning: Attorney General Doug Gansler is hoping to  become the next Democratic mayor of Maryland

 

‘If I had seen anything that was dangerous or  risky… I would have done something about it.’

He put up another defense as well, saying  that while he did see plenty of teens drinking out of the distinctive red Solo  cups- generally associated with beer pong- there was no way of knowing was was  inside each cup.

‘It could be Kool-Aid instead of beer,’  Gansler said on Thursday.

He went on to say that it was not his job to  stop other people’s children from drinking under the state age of 21.

Family values: The 'beach week' party was held for his son Sam (right) and their friends who had just graduated from a private prep school called the Landon School in Baltimore 

Family values: The ‘beach week’ party was held for his  son Sam (right) and their friends who had just graduated from a private prep  school called the Landon School in Baltimore

 

‘My responsibility is only to my child,’ he  said in an interview with The Sun on Tuesday.

‘Everybody has their own moral compass. Mine  is to raise my own child.” He said firmly that his son was not  drinking.’

The issue is particularly poignant for  Gansler as he has appeared in public service announcements calling to end  underage drinking.

‘Parents you’re the leading influence on your  teens decision not to drink. It’s never too early to talk with your kids about  smart ways to say no,’ he says to the camera in one of the  videos.

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