August 19th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
5 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. Thomas Owen

    It's Political because he (Jon S. Cardin) is a duly elected Maryland Delegate.
    It has nothing to do with his Uncle.

    August 19, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. S

    It is Sen. Cardin's nephew, who just happens to be a Delegate in the Maryland State House. It's a classic case of a politician who believes he's above the law. I love how a lot of you find this to be no big deal; however, if it was a Republican who did this you'd want his head on a platter. I think the Baltimore Police Department had more important matters to attend to that day/night.

    August 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Nick 27, So Cal

    I think it was pretty clever!! Congrats to you and your bride to be!!

    August 19, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    While some of you are still on the "blame Bush" kick, No way can anyone blame the Senator! Just send the romantic a bill with a warning and let's all go back to living our lives!

    August 19, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. greg

    Why is this such a big deal so what he went over the top, I am sure that there was more to the story then the public is being told. As long as Jon pays back the city for what he did it is not that big of a deal. Get over it people

    August 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Lou

    Do they think the public smiles on stunts like this? If we rounded up all the wasted funds for stunts like this we could feed half the country. He should reimburse any charges. While they are doing a fly over some criminal is going about his business. THINK PEOPLE!!!!

    August 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Nic

    It makes me wonder what his other choices for "romantic" might have been. "MMM...maybe I'll have some of my buddies beat up a homeless man in front of her and THEN I'll get down on one knee....No, wait, maybe I can stage a fiery car crash and as the bodies burn, I will drop to one knee..."

    Here's a hint for his fiance: For your anniversary, ask for gift cards. Don't let this man try to think of anything else on his own.

    August 19, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Simply Wow

    If my fiance proposed via a police raid, I'd have some serious thoughts about saying 'yes'!

    August 19, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. donttreadonme

    Lighten up people! It was not a good idea but when you let the current situation rob you of all the joy in life, it only makes life so much harder. The good news is that she said yes! Congrats!

    August 19, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. mary shaw. colorado

    Will he go to that much preparation if there is a divorce later?

    August 19, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Cricketsong

    This story doesn't make sense to me. What were the police supposed to do, find the ring during the search or something? I don't get it. What if these policepeople were needed for a legitimate emergency during this time? Was it a police helicopter that was hovering around? And what does he mean by "put a stop to it"...he's the one who started it. The police should have known better!

    August 19, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. forex

    Sounds like a good trip...

    August 19, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Jessica

    WE THE PEOPLE – hold the power.

    To me, this is the EXACT sort of thing these folks "dont consider" – all the time!

    Let's not just MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF HIM – let's start firing EVERY person who misuses funds...the "im paying it back" thing is akin to stealing, getting caught and saying "well, here's the money for the product"...theives go to jail, the least that should happen here is this fool loses his JOB!

    August 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Peter E

    Don't the police have anything better to do in Baltimore? Aren't there actual crimes being committed?

    August 19, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Just proves: you can pay your way around the law in America! I wonder how many people were robbed/raped/murdered in Baltimore in the time it took to organize and pull off this stunt. All the policemen involved need to be replaced, perhaps with ones that do their JOB we're paying them for!

    August 19, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Amber

    What the heck is so romantic and special about the police raiding your boat????? The things men think are romantic!!! LOL Geez!

    August 19, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Almost reminds me of the time President Bush delayed the return of thousands of sailors to set up a multi-million dollar (your tax money) photo-op on the USS Lincoln, declaring 'Mission Accomplished.'

    August 19, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. michael serghides

    should be arrested and pay expenses and big fine.and far as her say yes ,who gives a .....

    August 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Bill

    Who cares?

    August 19, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Marshall B.

    you never spend money as wisely as you would your own.

    August 19, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Ravi

    OMG... she said yes!

    What kind of a lady considers a "police raid" to be romantic??

    August 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Norm

    Come on....how often does this kind of abuse go on and no one ever knows unless they get caught. Look at the Carolina Gov. using police SUVs to go on camping trips and charging the public for his sex trips to south america. These people are elite entitlists and this happens everyday and they could care less. it's special little club our elected officials belong to. We the Sheeple are abused like slaves.

    August 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Another shady Republican family in the deep south that needs to be REMOVED from power!

    August 19, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. rh

    Another liar. Wouldn't have said anything if not caught.

    August 19, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. For He's A Jolly Good...What, A Bill?!

    Congratulations– now pay the bill.

    The citizens and most Americans are happy for the couple, but we are in a financial crisis. Every little bit counts. If he doesn't pay the bill, the taxpayers will have to. He should start doing the math now, because there will be a lot more bills to calculate, after he's married.

    August 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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