August 19th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
9 years ago

A pricey proposal

The nephew of Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin has apologized for using resources of the Baltimore City Police Department as part of a marriage proposal.

The nephew of Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin has apologized for using resources of the Baltimore City Police Department as part of a marriage proposal.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Ben Cardin's nephew apologized Wednesday for going a bit, well, overboard, for proposing to future wife with a staged police search on his boat in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

On August 7, Jon S. Cardin, a Maryland delegate, reportedly organized a boat ride with some friends and his now fiancee in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. With a helicopter hovering overhead and marine police searching the boat, Cardin popped the question.

Cardin said said he had asked the police to do the "routine five-minute safety check." He said he will contact the Baltimore City Police Department and reimburse them for any costs incurred.

"During the evening, I was focused on making my fiancee's night perfect," Cardin said in a statement posted on his Web site. "In retrospect I should have considered that city resources would be involved and used better judgment to put a stop to it."

She said yes.

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  1. Kelli

    Some people should actually read the article before commenting.

    He clearly stated in the article that he would be paying the city back for expenses so all those saying "when is he going to pay" or "send him a bill" are a little behind at this point as he has already agreed to pay it back.

    August 19, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Linda in Los Angeles

    Two schools of thought: 1), this shows how narcissic our society has become – when what one wants trumps what is best for all (since she said yes, she is in even worse state than he). 2), this is exactly why our county is in such dire staits. Recovering – baloney. We are mired in debt that will only increase due to our present situations and our continuous infighting over what to do and when.

    August 19, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. GM from MN

    What a joke.

    Also not only is this guy an idiot who I doubt will fully reimburse the citizens for this, but how in the heck did he get this arranged?

    I mean who else was involved? The police chief should be fired along with any other top officers who gave clearance for such an OBVIOUS WASTE.

    All those involved should be demoted and charged with some sort of offense.........I suggest "THEFT".

    August 19, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Maggie

    I think this proposal sounds like fun. Maybe she loves cop shows! While it may seem over the top or unromantic to the bloggers here- all people are different. Excuse me that it wasn't the same old quite and romantic proposal. Some people like really funny and creative things. If someone staged a drug deal for me- I would think it was kind of weird but hilarious at the same time. Good for you! Just pay for it out of your own pocket next time.

    August 19, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. David

    He's willing to pay back the costs so get over it. Was it a bad idea, yes but he is doing the right thing now. Move along people, there's real news somewhere.

    August 19, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. J.

    He's not just the nephew of a Senator.

    He's a Maryland delegate himself, probably elected on his uncle's name recognition.

    August 19, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Glennis

    What an idiot.

    August 19, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    What a moron! Too bad she didn't tell him "NO! You're too stupid for me to marry!"

    August 19, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Ron

    Another thing...I definitely would like to know why the author had to connect this incident with Sen. Cardin? His nephew's decision to do this kind of proposal had no connection to the senator's professional business unless we really know that Sen. Cardin pre-approved it. There's a disconnect so we're all wondering why the proposal is 'political'.

    August 19, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Brad

    I think he was going more for surprise than romance. I'm sure he accomplished that.

    August 19, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    People please stop trying to turn this into a political statement, for crying out loud!

    August 19, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Kevin

    They better stay married more than 2 months!

    August 19, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Yawning

    If only he were a Republican...

    August 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. larrywi

    The amount of stupidity displayed by so many people these days simply astounds me. The audacity of orchestrating something like this defies even simple logic!

    August 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Mark

    In this case Police should be the one who feel the heat. How Stupid can you be to use your public trust this way..

    August 19, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. jrod

    Jon Cardin is a delegate in MD. so he IS a political figure. Despite being a Dem, i get annoyed when any political figure (and he is one, albeit small) uses power like that to do stuff normal people cant.

    August 19, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Shari, NY

    The party affiliation of his uncle is not the issue because there are families whose houses are divided. The fact is that the young man is head over heals in love with this lady and wanted to make a statement to the world. Unfortunately his inner child took over and caused a problem which he fixed. This is not smart. He could have taken her to a field and asked a skywriter to oblige, or taken her to a show/concert and ask the announcer to do something special for him. Law enforcement personnel already have their hands full and work with a tight budget to be bothered with the likes of such frivolity.

    August 19, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Paul

    He was foolish to think it would not leak out and cause concern. He embarrassed his uncle and himself, BUT it is not a big deal at all. Who among you has not thought or carried out a stupid idea. We all have but we don't have the scrunity that this man and his uncle have on a daily basis.

    We have a saying out here in the California mountains "take bigger steps, you'll get over it faster."

    August 19, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. david

    see everyone? even the democrats have idiots, jerks, rip-off artists, fraud prone individuals, robbers of tax payer monies. good that he is paying back the city but would he if he hadn't been caught at it. the city managers, those who approved the farce, should be fired immediately. democrats, republicans both have idiots.

    August 19, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Karen - Missouri

    Another waste of tax dollars. Even kindergartners can budget better

    August 19, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. JB - NYC

    Fine judgement mr Democrat

    August 19, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Thomas Ulrich

    Congratulations Mr. Cardin! A job well done..I'll chip in if you need it. So many of these people are just petty little minds...

    August 19, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. S Callahan

    lol Oh come on.....this would have been a great opportunity for a training exercise, and SAVING money for the dept.....and a fun engagement for the gal and guy....
    Why does EVERTHING have to be projected as so awful?
    Congrats to the couple.....

    August 19, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Rob from Texas

    When will these Politicians ever learn. I'm sure the city wouldn't let me borrow their helicopter back when I proposed to my wife. And the worst thing is these people only get a mild slap on the wrist for wasting our tax dollars. These people should be prosecuted!

    August 19, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. CBH

    CNN, hahaha, funny story; now can we please move to Health Care?

    August 19, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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