Maryland Lawmaker Broadens Apology For Proposal Stunt | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Maryland Lawmaker Broadens Apology For Proposal Stunt

Play associated audio

By BRIAN WITTE Associated Press Writer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Maryland lawmaker is broadening his apology for a marriage proposal stunt involving police resources at the Inner Harbor to include city residents and his constituents in suburban Baltimore County.

Democratic Delegate Jon Cardin, 39, already had apologized to the city's police department and talked with Democratic Mayor Sheila Dixon. He detailed his further apology Thursday in a Web site posting "given the interest of the past few days."

"I believe that public office is not held through entitlement, but through continued hard work in the service of others," Cardin wrote.

Police are investigating the Aug. 7 incident, in which Cardin took his girlfriend on a boat ride with close friends. Police officers boarded the boat and pretended to conduct a search and a police helicopter flew overhead. During the search, which Cardin described in a previous posting as a "fuss," he surprised Megan Homer of Rockville with a marriage proposal and she accepted.

The lawmaker wrote Thursday that "in retrospect, my plan as romantic as it was for my fiancee was ill-conceived. No matter how brief the event, city resources should not have been involved."

"I very much hope that this mistake in judgment will not define my career or deflect from my continued efforts to improve and develop policies concerning smart energy, health, finance, and the environment," Cardin added.

Cardin already has pledged to reimburse the city for expenses incurred by the incident. "I hope that this statement will serve as my apology to the citizens of the great city of Baltimore and my constituents," Cardin wrote.

Baltimore County Republican Party Chairman Chris Cavey has called on a General Assembly ethics panel to investigate whether Cardin "used his state office in abusing police resources for the delegate's marriage proposal stunt."

Delegate Brian McHale, a Baltimore Democrat who chairs the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, said he believes the police investigation should be completed before legislators take any action.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

NPR

Sarah Koenig On Serial: 'I Think Something Went Wrong With This Case'

Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.
NPR

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.
NPR

In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First

An independent review panel calls for changes ranging from a better fence at the White House to a new approach to training and leadership within the Secret Service.
NPR

North Korea Has Invested Heavily In Cyberattacks

American officials have concluded that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures Company. Melissa Block talks to James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.