Cardin may be mum on details of engagement, but Twitter tells all
Since drawing public ire over his elaborate engagement using police resources, Maryland Del. Jon Cardin has been virtually mum on the circumstances of his proposal — even though it was, apparently, a tale he shared freely with fellow politicos at an Ocean City conference earlier this month.
In an interview with fellow Sun reporter Julie Bykowicz, Cardin declined to answer detailed questions about the mock raid staged by on-duty marine and helicopter officers as part of his Aug. 7 proposal of marriage to Megan Homer in the Inner Harbor. And while the Baltimore County Democrat acknowledged the incident was “a stupid thing,” he wouldn’t say who owned the boat or provide more information.
That doesn’t mean the details won’t eventually emerge. The Baltimore City Police Department is investigating, and Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III has said he would release the names of the officers involved.
Until then, there’s Twitter.
The Web site allows the free world to publicly post every waking thought in 140 characters or less. And wouldn’t you know it, Cardin’s brother-in-law Scott Lowe appears to have been posting Tweets with his BlackBerry that fateful evening. His account doesn’t provide all the details, but it gives you a flavor. According to Twitter archives, this is what Lowe posted at 7:01 p.m.:
“Ok. Weather in baltimore isn't supposed to be perfect this time of year. On a boat in the harbor looking at ft mchenry. Wow.”
And then at 8:08 p.m.:
“My bro in law #maryland del. jon cardin proposed 2 his fiance megan on a boat in the harbor w/ a group of friends and fam tonight #baltimore.”
As the whole world likely knows by now, Cardin’s fiance did agree to be his bride. (But still no word on what she thought of the way Cardin asked.)