Maryland Del. Jon Cardin (D-11), nephew of Sen. Ben Cadin (D-MD), thought that having the Baltimore PD help in proposing marriage might be a good idea. According to the Baltimore Sun:
“Officers boarded the boat, owned by a friend of Del. Jon S. Cardin, 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.”
True to form, Democrat legislators are outraged:
Del. Curtis S. "Curt" Anderson, D-Baltimore and chairman of the city delegation to Annapolis, said he is appalled by the apparent indiscretion and angry that officers both in the air and on the water diverted from their primary mission of protecting citizens against crime.
"How in the world did he get something like that?" Anderson said of Cardin, also a Democrat. "If I wanted to do this myself, I wouldn't have the first clue as to how to get that accomplished. This is totally astonishing that a state delegate, especially one from Baltimore County, could commandeer the forces of the Baltimore City Police Department like that. It's a big waste of the city's money if that actually happened."
Don’t expect anything to be done about it though. Behind closed doors his legislative colleagues are probably slapping him on the back. What are taxpayer dollars for, if not to be wasted? At least Jon’s Uncle Ben prefers wasting tax dollars on a much larger scale.
I’m sure young Del. Cardin has a bright political future. Perhaps when he and his betrothed have kids, he’ll use state helicopters to give rides at their birthday parties.
cross posted at Delmarva Dealings