Gansler Advising Justice Team But Plans To Stay Put
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has landed a role as an adviser to the transition process for the Obama administration's Justice Department -- but doesn't expect to play a longer-term role for president-elect.
Gansler (D), who co-chaired Barack Obama's campaign in Maryland, was an assistant U.S. attorney in the 1990s and is close to Eric Holder, Obama's designee as attorney general. There has been some speculation that Gansler could be lured to a Holder-led Justice Department or a candidate for U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.
In an interview this morning, Gansler said he intends to stay put in his current post.
"I loved my time at the Department of Justice, but I have no intent whatsoever of going to work in the Obama administration," Gansler said. "I'm ecstatic that he's president, don't get me wrong. I think it's a great thing for our country and the world."
Gansler said he is excited to serve as an adviser to Justice's transition process, in part because he is eager to help Holder, his former boss in the U.S. attorney's office in the District.
Holder appeared at Gansler's campaign kickoff for state's attorney in Mongtomery County in 1998. Gansler held that job until his 2006 election as Maryland's attorney general.
Gansler said he has also been heartened by Holder's expressed interest in working with attorneys generals in the states.
"This is a perfect situation for me," Gansler said. "I believe [Holder] will be a great attorney general, and I want to help him succeed to the extent possible."
Gansler is widely believed to be interest in running for governor after Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) leaves office. If O'Malley serves out two full terms, the job would next be open in 2015.
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