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Gansler party( File photo )
At a time when he might have expected to be cementing his strategy for the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler instead found himself answering questions about why he was at a Senior Week celebration where underage participants later confirmed that many were drinking alcohol.
An image taken by a partygoer and published in The Sun showed the state's top law enforcement official walking through the crowd at the party where teens were dancing on a table amid a smattering of red plastic cups. Some participants said they had termed the bash an "eviction party" because they were testing how hard they could rage without being thrown out.
Gansler said he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son. He said initially that he did not remember whether he saw anyone drinking and that it would not have been his job to stop it if he had.
But as the national news media converged on the story, the advocate for stricter laws against underage drinking softened his tone, saying he made "a mistake" by not investigating whether there was underage drinking at the party.