Parker Space keeps cool. Rich liberal Dem has hissy fit.

It's the rich guy from Colorado vs. the farmer from Sussex County. 

Representing the pro-pot lobby, we have Congressman Jared Polis, a liberal Democrat from Colorado.  One of the ten richest members of Congress (net worth:  $400 million) and the first openly gay member of Congress to adopt children (2) with his male partner. 

Standing for traditional values, we have Assemblyman Parker Space.  Farmer, small businessman, and -- like his grandfather, his dad, and son -- a volunteer fireman.  A conservative Republican legislator married to Trump delegate Jill Space.  The father of two daughters and a son. 

Earlier this  week, Republican Space related a story told to him by a Sussex County resident who had just visited Boulder, Colorado:  "A constituent of mine told me the story of his visit to Boulder, Colo., and how disgusting he found it. People lying in the walkable town center, stoned, dirty and like zombies that you practically had to walk over. What's worse is that some actually had their children with them. He told me not to let this happen to Sussex County."

Democrat Polis took issue with the Sussex County resident's free expression of what he had experienced, as well as Assemblyman Space's exercise of free speech in relating it.  The Congressman sent the Assemblyman a letter, but being a true politician, he didn't keep it man-to-man and instead got the press involved.  Yes, Democrat Polis actually sent his letter to the New Jersey Herald and the Star-Ledger before sending it to the man it was addressed to, Parker Space.  That's an arsehole stunt if ever there was one.

The press pounced on it like dogs in heat.  In his letter, the liberal Democrat took offense that anyone would think differently than he does and insisted that the Sussex County resident who made the observations was mistaken.  Hey Congressman, it is called "an opinion" -- get over it.

The Congressman insisted that things are great in Boulder since the legalization of marijuana in January 2014, but the crime statistics (as reported to the FBI) don't actually bear him out:

Reported Crimes

Major Crimes

2013

2014

2015

2016

 Murder

0

1

1

  0

Rape

33

43

39

46

Robbery

 38

28

25

31

Aggravated Assault

167

176

171

187

Burglary

511

494

427

431

 Larceny-theft

2,218

2,172

2,207

2,514

 Vehicle theft

 80

135

123

 167

Arson

27

28

15

19

TOTAL

 3,074

3,077

3,008

3,395

 

And a simple review of the police blotter for last weekend, indicate that the "high life" might not be without its "incidents":

Blotter - April 29, 2017

A passenger in a Jeep SUV suffered serious injuries after the vehicle rolled over at the on-ramp to northbound Foothills Highway from Table Mesa Drive.  The driver was also injured and an arrest is pending once he is released.  The 50-year-old-man will be charged with Driving Under the Influence/2nd Offense, Reckless Driving and Vehicular Assault.  17-5148

A 31-year-old man was arrested for Third Degree Assault and a woman and two other men were cited for brawling after police were called to the Walrus, 1911 11th Street on a large fight.  17-5151

Blotter - April 28, 2017

A 65-year-old woman was injured after she was struck as she was trying to cross the street at Broadway and North by a woman driving a Lexus. The driver was cited with Careless Driving Resulting in Injury. The victim was transported to Boulder Community Health.  17-5096

Police responded to the 1100 block of 12th Street on the report of a fight in progress where a male threatened residents with a folding knife.  The suspect was located later in the day at Illegal Pete's, 1124 13th Street.  The 22-year-old man was arrested for Felony Menacing, Third Degree Assault, Criminal Possession of an Identification Document and Criminal Possession of a Financial Device. 17-5113

No wonder Congressman Polis earns just a 33% rating from his state's law enforcement community.  But not to worry, Polis has a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood, 100% from the National Abortion Rights Action League, and 100% from the ACLU.  Can you spell L-I-B-E-R-A-L?

The multi-millionaire liberal Congressman ended his letter by inviting Assemblyman Space to Boulder to see for himself.  A nice gesture on the face of it, provided one wasn't forced to spend too much time with a sanctimonious politician like Democrat Polis.

In reply, Republican Parker Space kept it cool, issuing this statement to the media:

"I want to thank Congressman Jared Polis for his offer to visit Boulder. I understand that he is one of the richest men in Congress as well as one of its more liberal Democrats. 

As a member of the one percent, I am sure the Congressman can afford to fly me out there and I look forward to possibly taking him up on his offer, as long as ethics counsel approves. I know there are a lot of great local breweries there and when I am in Colorado I do love to hunt.

I also would like to point out that it is still early days in Colorado and that the Congressman might want to look at some of the recent developments in The Netherlands, a long time drug tourism destination.  Over the last decade the government there has had to take steps to restrict tourism, has reclassified some forms of marijuana as hard drugs, and has banned certain other popular recreational drugs."

Apparently, Congressman Polis hasn't read the substantial research on the decades of drug tourism in the Netherlands and its effects on that country, its economy, and its people.

There is a bizarre side note to all this.  Like Congressman Polis (who was born Jared Polis Schutz), Parker Space's opponent in this year's primary election is a fellow who also flipped his name.  David Wygonski Atwood was David Atwood Wygonski until a couple years ago.  Apparently the openly gay liberal Democrat did it in 2000 for no other reason than "he liked it better." 

Oh well, different strokes... but we still think this identity dysphoria is just a bit weird.