Who's slinging the mud at Gansler?

If I were new to Maryland, I might think that state Attorney General Douglas Gansler was either a child rapist, a murderer, a crack cocaine dealer or perhaps all of the above ("Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 24).

Mr. Gansler is being vilified as a terrible, irresponsible political aspirant because there was obvious imbibing of alcoholic beverages by minors. But did anyone ever stop to think that if had he had disrupted that beach party in Bethany those drunken kids might have turned on him? And who are the hypocrites who are leaking so much negative, unflattering information about him?

No one seems to be asking that question. I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out the media leaks were emanating from the lieutenant governor's office, because that would signal that it's business as usual in the state capital, where underhanded politicians have thrived past and present.

To Marylanders who have turned their collective backs on Mr. Gansler, I say grow up. He is a human being, hard-wired to make mistakes just like the rest of us.

Obviously, the Martin O'Malley-Anthony Brown duo has never made a mistake, which means they exist in rarified air, above their constituents. A melding of one being in a position of power and pomposity, draped in Teflon, will do that to mere mortals.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham