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Would-Be Md. Gov. Doug Gansler Under Fire, Running Mate Fires Back

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SALISBURY, Md.- Would-be governor Doug Gansler appeared less than a year ago in a video attacking underage drinking, saying, "parents, you're the leading influence on your teen's decision not to drink." But ironically, the Baltimore Sun reports Gansler was spotted at a Delaware beach house party surrounded by teenagers holding red cups, reportedly, filled with alcohol. But whether alcohol was is involved is still unclear.

In his defense, Gansler said he doesn't know for sure if alcohol was there because he didn't check. But even if he had, Gansler told the media during a Tuesday press conference that breaking up the teen party was not his job.

Parent and advocate against underage drinking, Wanda Tucker, of Salisbury, disagrees. She said adults shouldn't look the other way.

"That was the parent's responsibility," Tucker said. "He chose not to. I don't know why but he should have broke up the party."

The Baltimore Sun reports Gansler was part of a group of parents who were paid to chaperone the graduation party.

"If he suspected it to be underage drinking there, he should have called someone in there to help him," said parent Billy Eder, also of Salisbury.

After Gansler's parenting skills were brought under fire, his running mate Jolene Ivey fired back in a WAMU interview Friday, saying," he did the wrong thing. He should have handled it differently. And you know, how many of us parents haven't done something that we regretted as parents? We are not perfect. None of us is perfect."

The director of the Salisbury University Counseling Center, Dawn Harner said parents have to stay on top of their teenagers.

"If parents make a choice to chaperone a party or high school or underage students, it is important that they ensure that alcohol is not a component of that," said Dawn Harner. " And if they were to learn that it was, it would be crucial for them to intervene at that point."

Harner says even if you have to show up where your children are hanging out-- so be it.

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