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Only Days After Being Chosen As Running Mate, Ivey Turns To Defending Gansler

In Maryland, Doug Gansler's running mate is defending him amidst a swirl of controversies for the attorney general as he seeks to become the state's next governor.

Gansler tapped Prince George's County Delegate Jolene Ivey earlier this week to be his running mate. She says the controversy over Gansler's use of his state police escort during his time as attorney general, and his earlier comments about his chief opponent Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown's race, never deterred her from taking the number two slot on the ticket.

Ivey herself is African-American and says Gansler's remark that Brown is running solely on his race in order to become Maryland's first black governor was not racist. If it was, Ivey says she would not have accepted Gansler's invitation to be his running mate.

"It was really not about race at all. If you look at what Doug Gansler was saying, he was saying that the other candidate is not running on any issues. He's only running on something that he has nothing to do with. Which is his race," she said.

Brown's campaign demanded Gansler apologize, which he refused to do.


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