Capital Gazette wins special Pulitzer Prize citation for coverage of newsroom shooting that killed five

Kent Conrad

Surviving scandal, or not

Surviving scandal, or not

A gaffe about his opponent's race, allegations that he is the backseat driver from hell and, most recently, an indelible photograph of him in the middle of a wild party of teenagers — is Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler having the worst run a candidate for higher office can possibly have?

In a word, no.

The world of politics is as rife with setbacks — from lapses in judgment to serious crimes — as it is with examples of candidates and officeholders who have survived them. While Gansler's campaign for governor seems to have lurched from one damaging revelation to another, political observers say he could recover as others have before him.