Boulder Congressman Jared Polis, the 7th wealthiest Member of Congress, is a refugee. An internally displaced person. A political prisoner in his own homeland.
It’s either that, or he’s an attention-starved melodramatic millionaire. The equivalent of a crying child convulsing on the floor because he can’t get his way.
Polis recently filed a lawsuit to stop a neighbor from accessing their mineral rights through drilling near one of his vacation properties in Weld County.
Reports the Boulder Daily Camera:
For U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the battle over fracking just turned personal.
Polis, a Boulder Democrat who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, was shocked to see a fracking operation start up last week on land just across the street from a rural getaway he owns in Weld County near Berthoud.
Through the holding company that has title to the congressman’s 50-acre property, Polis this week filed a complaint in Denver District Court seeking a temporary restraining order. His goal is to shut the drilling down.
As a man who bought his Congressional seat with over $7 million in self-funding during his first run, Polis isn’t used to not getting his way. Hell, before entering Congress Polis spent $1 million to win a seat on the state Board of Education. His opponent spent only $10,000 and lost by a scant 90 votes.
Clearly, the Congressman usually gets what he wants.
And as many spoiled little children cry, when they don’t get their way it’s literally the end of the world as we know it.
According to Polis, the “mental suffering” and “loss of enjoyment” he is experiencing due to the drilling, makes his family refugees.
In its claim for relief, the suit states that the “increased noise and noxious fumes” from the drilling operations “have encroached on the property, causing mental suffering, annoyance and the loss of use and enjoyment” of the property, and will continue to do so unless the drilling operations “are stopped, relocated or the noise and fumes are otherwise controlled,” making the property habitable.
For the time being, however, Reis and his daughter are living instead at Polis’s home in Boulder.
“They’re kind of refugees from our own property, with very little recourse,’ Polis said. [Peak emphasis]
Can you actually be considered a refugee from a million dollar vacation home?
Or does saying that only make you look like an a–hole?