Anthony Brown

Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / May 2, 2012)

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler continued to hammer his chief rival in the race for governor over the flawed roll-out of Obamacare in Maryland and what Gansler's campaign described as a lack of a clear plan to fix it.

Gansler released a one-minute video early Thursday that attacked Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for his leading role in creating an online system to sell health insurance policies and Brown's response to the technical problems that have stymied its success. 

Although the Gansler camp began aggressively hitting Brown with accusations of poor leadership earlier this week, Thursday's video marks the first attack piece published in the contest for governor. 

Both Democrats seeking to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley have large campaign war chests with several million dollars each, and the attack piece suggests the long road to the June 24 primary could be a negative one.

Brown and Gansler have already sparred over other issues, with Gansler accusing Brown of planting negative stories in the media -- charges Brown denies -- and Brown has deployed a full-time tracker to follow Gansler, a common campaign practice that the Gansler camp finds distasteful.

The new attack video over health care rollout and Brown's response is published on YouTube and Gansler's campaign website. Campaign spokespeople did not immediately respond to questions about whether the video will be more broadly distributed in traditional media.

Brown's campaign responded to Thursday's sharpened attack on the issue of health care rollout by saying Brown was focused on fixing the problems. 

"This is just another desperate attempt by Gansler to get anyone to focus on anything other than his own campaign problems over the past few months," Brown campaign manager Justin Schall said in a statement. "Voters will see through it." 

Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur is also running for the Democratic nomination.