Gansler announces assault on polluters

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2007, 8:15pm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's new Attorney General Douglas Gansler recently assured residents that he will make good on the campaign promises that won his election.

Sworn in Dec. 28 to replace Joseph Curran, the Democrat said in a release that he plans to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and "continue former Attorney General Curran's strong commitment to consumer protection.

"These issues are high on my list of priorities because this is what Marylanders want this office to focus on."

According to his own campaign site, Gansler was endorsed by more than 400 prominent Maryland lawyers but only one business organization -- the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Gansler promises "an aggressive agenda."

According to a report in the Baltimore Sun, Gansler would like to conduct his office in much of the same way that former New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer did. Spitzer is now that state's governor.

Two years ago, the Wall Street Journal said Spitzer "represents, wittingly or not, an attack on the entire corporate free-enterprise system. "

Gansler was formerly Montgomery County's state's attorney and prosecuted the 2002 sniper case of Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad.

His eligibility for the attorney general's office was challenged when it was alleged he had not practiced law in Maryland for 10 years.

In 2003, he was reprimanded by the Maryland Court of Appeals for publicly speaking about a high-profile murder case to reporters in 2001.

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