A national veterans group claims that Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is being "swift-boated" in his quest for the Democratic nomination for governor.
In a fundraising letter the group VoteVets.org claims that Attorney General Doug Gansler's comments this week are akin to the attacks that led to the term "swiftboating" being coined.
Speaking before the Tech Council of Maryland, Gansler noted Brown's campaign commercials focus on his time as a lawyer and in Iraq and not his time in office, to which Gansler said being governor "is a real job."
The attorney general later said his comments were in response to a question about Brown's role in Maryland's failed health care exchange website, and that he respects Brown's service in Iraq.
Swift-boating became part of the political lexicon after a group attacked 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's service in Vietnam, which included time serving on swift boats.