Maryland Politician Proposes To Lady During ‘Mock Police Raid,’ Wastes Valuable Public Resources

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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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  • Clamps

    Is he even heterosexual? Why won’t he show us his long form marriage certificate?

  • patrickman

    ayo its Omar

  • Chickensmack

    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.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=389087]Clamps[/re]: Thank you and OH PLEASE, GHEY. Also, alt-text FTW, Jim.

  • dum librul

    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.

  • hobospacejunkie

    Should’ve gotten married in the backseat of a limo at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas.

  • head58

    Slightly trashier than proposing on the Jaws ride at Universal Studios

    That’s the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard.

  • Little Miss Baltimore

    That’s how we roll in Charm City. The romance is all about the fear. Gosh I love this town.

  • Can O Whoopass

    The Orioles are having a bad, bad year.

  • snideinplainsight

    Awwww, geez, that’s so romantic!!

    It would’a only been better if they’d tasered the happy couple afterwards. For authenticity.

  • snideinplainsight

    Yah it woulda been funnier if he had proposed during an Orioles win – she woulda known the whole thing was a setup.

  • Canmon (the Inadequate)

    Gob would have hired the hot cops.

  • TimeCubist

    I’m accepting private donations for my saddleback unit.

  • Uncertainty Vice-Principal

    Nothing says will you marry me like “you’re under arrest”.

    I expect this to catch on.

  • Mumbletypeg

    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.

  • Decker

    Sounds like an episode of Arrested Development

  • TheNavOne

    But is it trashier than proposing on the Gary Oldman as Shelly Runyon in the Contender: The Ride?

  • widestanceromancer

    Will he take his ladybride to Gitmo for the wedding night stress position surprise?

  • Better American Than You

    Oh, I hope they had midgets! Midgets (especially when they are getting tasered) can bring hilarity to any major life decision.

  • Canuckledragger

    Hey! You make sniffing butts sound like a bad thing.

    Don’t tell Mrs. Canuckledragger, because I sniff her butt all the time.

  • Uncertainty Vice-Principal

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


  • bfstevie

    Perhaps they had to use the helicopter, because the tiny clown car was busy.


  • June Cleaver 2.0

    Stupid ass. Is August over yet?

  • BlueStateLibtard

    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.

  • mdotsota

    And meanwhile, the Major Crimes Unit is THISCLOSE to Marlo Stanfield and they want to kill the wiretap.

  • CorkPopper

    Oh, Megan. What marital bliss awaits you. Your life will be one long, live version of Punk’d, you do realize that, right?

  • Joshua Norton

    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.

  • Joshua Norton

    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.

  • Advocatus_Diaboli

    I wonder if Homer will still want to marry him after he resigns in disgrace.

  • Rukasu

    Meanwhile people are getting got all over Hamsterdam

  • norbizness

    Fuckin’ white people, man.

  • norbizness

    [re=389100]Can O Whoopass[/re]: WHEN is Brady Anderson going to GET ON TRACK?

  • Terry

    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.

  • Norbert

    please take down his photo, I cannot deal

  • recharged95

    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*.

  • Decker

    [re=389104]Canmon (the Inadequate)[/re]: Quicker and better. Nice!

  • phalex

    There’s never been a paper bag for idiotic, product-of-nepotism political creeps.

  • Deepthroat

    And that’s why you never get on a boat with Delegate Dingus.

  • One Yield Regular

    This was for a new John Waters movie, right? With the fiancee played by Jenny Sanford, right?

  • desertwind

    [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.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Why weren’t these people hauled away for disturbing the peace?


    When will these people get a beer with the President?

  • the problem child

    Well, those horses eat a lot. No wonder they can’t afford them. They should try piggybacking each other instead.

  • kewlguy42069

    what the fuck Carcetti

  • Barrelhse

    [re=389120]Canuckledragger[/re]: Not panties?

  • yellowdogdem

    [re=389131]mdotsota[/re]: Is Marlo still causing trouble? At least Michael has moved up. He’s starring in “Gossip Girl” now.

  • Cheney Guevara

    This happened on an episode of Sarah Silverman.

  • Fabuloso

    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!

  • Jukesgrrl

    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.

  • gradgrind

    [re=389103]snideinplainsight[/re]: Here in Balto we have a word for guys who wait for an Orioles win before proposing: “bachelors.”

  • StoneAge

    [re=389098]Little Miss Baltimore[/re]: Is that what they call it? More like Harm City.