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

A pricey proposal

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Nicole

    I was thinking the same thing. This is an indication of how easily state and/or federal resources are abused. Forget the amount, conside the principle that persons of responsibility should not use the resources of their employer for their personal benefit.

    How many times does this happen everyday without the culprit being called to account.

    August 19, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Annoyed in MD

    Clearly the guy figured he could use public resources any way he wanted. But, as a delegate from MD didn't he think that a proposal on the wall around Fort McHenry or at the foot of the Washington Monument or in one of the world class art museums or at one of the topnotch stadiums or the restored Hippodrome theater would have had more meaning? I mean, really...a police raid with the whirl of a helicopter. Glad I don't live in Baltimore County and have my interests represented in Annapolis by the likes of John Cardin!

    August 19, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. trueblue

    He better get a BILL for this nonsense. What a bunch of know nothing, spoiled brats.

    August 19, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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