Skip to content

BOULDER, Colo. –

Someone apparently trying to make a political statement caused a brief stir Tuesday at the Boulder office of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

According to Boulder police, a suspicious white envelope arrived at the office, 4770 Baseline Road, about noon. Andrew Schultheiss, a district director for Polis, called authorities when workers found a lump in the envelope and no return address.

The Boulder Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team responded and opened the envelope. They found a tea bag inside, with a note reading, “We the People, 1773.”

“We think it’s a reference to the Boston Tea Party,” said Sarah Huntley, a police spokeswoman.

According to the report, Polis’ office has received several envelopes containing notes and tea bags.

Lara Cottingham, a spokeswoman for Polis, said in an e-mailed statement Wednesday that, “Members of Congress take security very seriously. Our office followed the protocol recommended by the U.S. Capitol Police on how to deal with suspicious packages and alerted the police.”

Archived comments

Doh! Dunkterfunk beat me to it!


4/1/2009 3:55:49 PM

So a gay politician got teabagged?


4/1/2009 3:54:39 PM

Rumor has it Polis is a big fan of teabags


4/1/2009 3:54:43 PM

This was on the news weeks ago. Don’t be so paranoid and the police need not be so stupid!


4/1/2009 4:02:53 PM

I believe someone owes somebody a Coke. Tea he he:)


4/1/2009 4:02:59 PM

what I am curious about is what kind of tea? Hopefully not that fu fu herbal tea. If you are going to do it right, you have to send the black tea bags.


4/1/2009 4:22:02 PM

Does teabagging make it a hate crime in Polis’ case?


4/1/2009 4:38:20 PM

What was in that huge Blue Mountain Arts building by the Obama Campaign office, off of Valmont, if it wasn’t Polis’s office?

Is he downsizing because of the economy?


4/1/2009 4:50:08 PM

This is a result of a very popular

(check out the number of viewings) You tube video called.

Bob Basso (‘Thomas Paine’ Youtube Star) has been ‘SUMMONED’ to WhiteHouse by Pres. Obama

Here is the You tube link

Please do do not bash me for this information postingthat you may or may not agree with. My point is to clear up as to why the tea bag’s are being sent to Polis. Thanks


4/1/2009 5:03:22 PM

PS This is a 6 minute video and the tea bag plea is at about 5 minutes.


4/1/2009 5:13:27 PM

Balls. Tea he he.


4/1/2009 5:44:36 PM

Ironically the Boston Tea party was a protest against LOWER taxes and for TRADE PROTECTIONISM.

Look it up.The smugglers–er, founding fathers–were unhappy that the Crown lowered the tax on tea in an attempt to destroy the smuggling trade.So the smugglers dumped the cheap tea into the harbor before it could be sold.

4/1/2009 6:24:36 PM



4/1/2009 9:17:39 PM

Polis is complaining about getting t-bagged.



4/1/2009 3:55:43 PM

Actually, the Boston Tea Party was a protest against the British Government SUBSIDIZING the British East India Tea company they were intertwined with and forcing the tea upon the U.S. citizens. The “smugglers” dumped the cheap tea into the harbor because no one wanted the subsidized British East India Tea because the colonists disliked what the government was doing, and the British were forcing this tea upon them. The Boston Tea Party was also because the Colonists felt they couldn’t be taxed by the British government since the Colonists were not represented in Parliament.


4/5/2009 7:48:17 AM

Join the Conversation

We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions.