Doug Gansler isn't the only one who's made missteps

Your recent articles about Attorney General Doug Gansler's alleged missteps reminded me of another high-profile scandal by a public official who now wants to run for Mr. Gansler's job ("Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 24).

That official is state Del. Jon Cardin, who several years ago used the Baltimore City police to stage a mock raid on a boat in the harbor as he proposed to his fiancée onboard.

Mr. Cardin admitted he did this by reimbursing the police department $300 for the patrol boat, a helicopter and its manpower. The problem with his explanation was his failure to state who else was on the boat besides himself and his fiance and who the boat's owner was. His explanation lacked transparency.

Does Maryland need either of these two individuals to be in a position of power? I say no.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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