From American Daughter:
An elected official is threatening to press charges against a constituent who sent her a tea bag. Toby Ann Stavisky, the Democratic New York State Senator from Queens (NY-16th Senate District), has threatened Michael Chimenti, an ordinary guy who lives in her district, writes a lot of letters to the editor of the New York Daily News, and who sent her a tea bag to protest profligate government spending.
Michael Chimenti writes:
NY State Senator Toby Stavisky (16th District) is threatening to press charges against me for sending her a tea bag.
The Albany police said because there was an “unknown” substance in the letter, it becomes a federal offense under the laws passed after 9/11, even though it was clearly a tea bag with a letter in it marked “TEA PARTY”.
Buffalo, New York tea party organizer Allen Coniglio commented via email:
That is a bogus charge and, of course, will be dismissed. It is protected political speech, and only an idiot would construe it as anything but. Please tell Ms. Stavisky to get a life.
These people don’t get that it is just for reasons such as her childish behavior that we the people are so disgusted that we want to throw them all out of office. These people act like thin-skinned thugs and enforcers, using their office to bring the power of the state down on ordinary citizens who, perhaps caught up in the fever of the moment, are doing nothing more than trying to make a political point.