I like sniffing buttsUnited States Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland has a nephew in politics! You knew this. But did you know that said nephew, state delegate Jon Cardin, is a tacky dingbat who should probably resign after diverting scarce police resources from MURDER INVESTIGATIONS to his dumb boat for the purpose of scaring his girlfriend into marrying him?

Slightly trashier than proposing on the Jaws ride at Universal Studios:

City police are investigating why on-duty marine and helicopter officers helped a Baltimore County state delegate propose to his girlfriend by pretending to raid a boat the couple were aboard, a department spokesman said Monday.

Officers boarded the boat, owned by a friend of Del. Jon S. Cardin, on Aug. 7 in the Inner Harbor. As the helicopter Foxtrot hovered overhead, adding to the sense of tension, one report says officers pretended to search the vessel and even had the woman thinking she was about to be handcuffed before the delegate got on one knee and proposed.

Megan Homer said “yes.”

Ha ha, he sure got you, Homer! You were scared as SHIT! *High fives*


Police said they are investigating what appears to be a misuse of police resources at a time when the budget-strapped department is begging for private donations to keep its horseback unit running and is immersed in investigating the latest violence at the Inner Harbor – a double shooting inside the Light Street Pavilion at Harborplace over the weekend. Residents and visitors have complained that police presence is thin at best.

Yeah… just never should’ve done this. Calling over teams of boat cops and helicopters to stage one of those kitschy, overdone proposals that can only end in insta-divorce, when the rest of the city doesn’t even have enough HORSES to chase the MURDERERS?

An Indecent Proposal for Md. Delegate? [NBC Washington]
Police-involved marriage proposal draws fire [Baltimore Sun]

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  1. What is the deal with all these Syracuse fans? Everyone’s an Orangeman these days.

    oh, and “tacky dingbat” is already absorbed into Michelle Bachmann, just like “guano faucet” is synonymous with Ari Fleischer. Redo, plz.

  2. This reminds me of the time my boyfriend proposed to me in a bank during an elaborate hostage situation broadcast on the jumbotron during a Nationals game.

  3. He could have saved effort and $$ by foregoing this tired Miami Vice script and borrowing one of the Mounted Police steeds for a good old-fashioned “Prince Valiant” roleplay, bringing much-needed attention to that neglected, under-funded bastion of crime-fighting.

  4. Come to think of it, shouldn’t you be read your rights as part of a marriage proposal?


  5. He should have had her arrested and then proposed during the body cavity search–just think how romantic that would have been!

    Note to Megan Homer: Except a life of many unpleasant surprises with this nitwit.

  6. Tying her up and putting a gun to her head probably also had something to do with her to say “yes”.

    I’m just wondering why the girlfriend didn’t think that getting raided by the cops didn’t seem to be that unusual.

  7. Ah, the fun and games they have to look forward to. Foreplay that involves live ammo and restraining devices. Babies crying. The crew from “Cops” on the front lawn.

    The divorce lawyer on speed dial….

    Good times.

  8. The happy couple don’t have to bother paying for an announcement of the engagement in the Balto Sun. They might even make the front page rather than the stuffy old wedding/society pages.

  9. She better have said yes. Or I’d be pissed that my tax dollars to power that helicopter resulted in a lame no.

    Then again, a NO == no kids and would giv eme hope that the future world would *definitely be a better place*.

  10. [re=389094]hobospacejunkie[/re]: Ha hee! That is where I got married 18 years ago today. Not in the drive-thru. Please. It was a solemn and sacred occasion. And. It would’ve been too tacky to be sitting in the rusty Camry.

  11. Please be a lamb and put a (D) or an (R) behind his name so I can know how to react to this incident. Just a little help here please – outrage or awwwwww how cute? I don’t come here to form an opinion, it is your journalistic duty to tell me how to think. Gyaahhh!

  12. And the English practically had a revolution when Prince William landed a plane on his girlfriend’s parents’ lawn just to impress them. Just think if he had added sadism to the mix … then again, maybe they would have liked that … naw, they just like men dressed up as women.

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