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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Worst use of tax dollars this week

The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland Delegate Jon S. Cardin decided to use the city police force, including a helicopter, to propose to his girlfriend.
Give Del. Jon S. Cardin credit for this much: His marriage proposal was original.

And it went over well with his girlfriend, who seems to agree with the Baltimore County Democrat that nothing says romance like a faux police raid.

Cardin and Megan Homer were aboard a friend’s boat in the Inner Harbor Aug. 7 when on-duty city marine officers boarded the vessel. Pretending to search for contraband as a city police helicopter whirred overhead, the officers reportedly told Homer to turn around so they could handcuff her. When she did, there was Cardin down on one knee.

Homer said yes. But for the rest of us, the proposal went down about as well as the one in Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You, when the ingenue swallows the engagement ring her boyfriend tucked into her fancy-restaurant dessert.

Cardin issued a statement this week saying that he should have “considered that city resources would be involved and used better judgment.” The statement also said he would reimburse the city for “whatever costs they deem appropriate.” (more)

Next time, just take her out for crab cakes and send the taxpayers the bill. Congrautlations, Delegate Cardin. For your profligate and obscene waste of taxpayer dollars, the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy shamefully presents you with the Dig 'Em Award.

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