Working with Disneyland to create a music/dance number with a theme, rehearsals, and advance planning:
Using your position as a state legislator to acquire scarce city resources for your proposal - which includes the police threatening to make a false arrest of your fiancee:
Del. Jon S. Cardin found the woman of his dreams, and suddenly those three little words were on his lips: police-involved proposal.
The Baltimore County Democrat and girlfriend Megan Homer were aboard a friend's boat in the Inner Harbor on 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.
More here. Jon Cardin is the nephew of Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), who is known for... well, he beat Michael Steele in 2006. Up to this point, Cardin seemed poised to follow in his uncle's footsteps, but I think that he's shown a certain flair here at using public facilities for his own personal gratification that should serve him well in the Maryland Democratic party.
It's only funny if you don't have to actually pay for antics like this. Or the police investigation which will undoubtedly find a convenient scapegoat for Jon Cardin's aristocratic pretensions. Speaking as somebody who will get saddled with a portion of the bill for both, well...
Crossposted to Moe Lane.