Gansler has proposed cutting the state’s corporate income tax from 8.25 percent to 6 percent to match that of the commonwealth.
As state’s attorney in Montgomery, Gansler won statewide and national attention by grabbing hold of such high-profile cases as Mike Tyson’s road-rage attack in Gaithersburg in 1998 and the Washington area sniper shootings in 2002. As he runs for governor, he has also talked a good deal about his efforts to help victims of domestic violence during his tenure.
Gansler was criticized while in Montgomery for his frequent appearances in the news media, and he was known to lash out at judges with whose sentences he disagreed.
He made no apologies for that Tuesday, saying: “I’m not worried about what conventional wisdom is. I’m not willing to accept the way things are to play it safe.”
With the retirement of long-serving Maryland attorney general J. Joseph Curran (D), Gansler ran successfully for statewide office in 2006 and unopposed for reelection in 2010.
As attorney general, Gansler has conducted environmental audits of the tributaries that feed the Chesapeake Bay to identify polluters. He has also focused on consumer protection and worked with other attorneys general on issues that include combating the marketing of tobacco products and alcoholic energy drinks to teens.
And in 2009, he successfully argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in which the justices unanimously ruled that police may reopen questioning of a suspect who has asked for counsel if there has been a 14-day or more break in Miranda custody.
Gansler’s tenure as attorney general has generally been quieter than his time in Montgomery, although he has continued to speak his mind and demonstrated an ability to make headlines.
In 2010, he issued an opinion that Maryland should recognize gay nuptials performed in other states and that state agencies should immediately begin affording same-sex married couples the same rights that heterosexuals enjoy.
That came two years after Gansler, in 2008, became the first statewide elected official in Maryland to endorse same-sex marriage, which state lawmakers legalized in 2012.
Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery), one of three speakers who introduced Gansler on Tuesday, praised the attorney general for his words and deeds on the issue.
“He put his career on the line,” said Madaleno, who is gay.
Gansler’s tour was scheduled to continue Tuesday with stops in Ellicott City and Baltimore. By early next week, he plans to have hit every region of the state.
Gansler, who is married and has two teenage sons, is expected to name a running mate in the weeks after his tour, probably in October, he told reporters Tuesday.
Democrats who have had conversations with Gansler about the lieutenant governor post include Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, Del. Jolene Ivey (Prince George’s) and Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. (Baltimore).