Political mud-slinging reached a new low in Maryland after a Democratic candidate for governor suggested his opponent, an Iraq war veteran, is not up for a “real job.” (See the video below.)

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Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler made the comments about the state’s lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, at an event held by the Tech Council of Maryland.

During the event, Gansler was asked what Maryland had learned from the rollout of ObamaCare, particularly the state-run exchange which faced its own website troubles.

Gansler said the website’s problems prove the state needs someone with leadership experience.

Then, he stated, “I’m running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything, his ads are about how he’s a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good but this is a real job.”

He was criticized by veterans’ group, but Gansler doubled-down on his comments.

FoxNews.com reported:

Gansler’s comments were slammed by a veterans’ group VoteVets.org, whose chairman told the Baltimore Sun his comments were “slime ball politics.”

“Doug Gansler needs to stop smearing those of us who served in Iraq as not having had a ‘real job,’ "Jon Soltz, whose group has endorsed Brown, said. “It’s a horrible insult to all those men and women who put their lives on the line, and especially those who died, in service to this country."

Gansler said in a statement to FoxNews.com his comments simply needed to be clarified.

“I have the utmost respect for his military service and for veterans,” Gansler said. “The point I was trying to make is that Anthony Brown's only attempt to lead as Lieutenant Governor was the unmitigated debacle of the health exchange website that denied Marylanders access to health care and cost taxpayers nearly $200 million.”

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Brown and Gansler will face off in the primary election on June 24th. Watch video of Gansler's comments below at the 7:25 mark.