Delegate Invited O'Malley to Fake Raid Proposal

Scheduling conflict kept governor away from link to proposal stunt

Friday, Sep 25, 2009  |  Updated 4:15 PM EDT
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Delegate Invited O'Malley to Fake Raid Proposal

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You had to be a bigshot.

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BALTIMORE -- As if enlisting police officers and a police helicopter to stage a fake raid wasn't showing off enough, Maryland Delegate Jon Cardin wanted Gov. Martin O'Malley to drop in on his proposal, too.

Cardin had police pretend to search for contraband on a friend's boat in the Inner Harbor in August as a helicopter hovered overhead, then asked his girlfriend to marry him.

In an e-mail obtained by the Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request, Cardin, the nephew of Sen. Benjamin Cardin, invited O'Malley to make a surprise appearance afterward.

O'Malley was in Ocean City that day and didn't know what was being planned, a spokeswoman said.

Cardin, who has repeatedly apologized, reimbursed the police department $300 and donated $1,000 to the mounted police unit.

An internal investigation is under way, according to police.

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