Photos: Jared Polis wears his love for Boing Boing

While the run-up to the 2012 election is stressful for most politicians, those lucky officials running in relatively safe districts have time for a little fun.

Witness Representative Jared Polis, a Democrat representing Boulder and vicinity, who's recently declared his love for the wonderfully eccentric website Boing Boing via photos not once but twice. See proof below.

This public love affair began last month, following Polis's hilarious destruction of Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart during a Congressional hearing. As you'll see in the video below, Leonhart adamantly refused to say that pot is a lesser health problem than crack or meth or even heroin no matter how many different ways Polis phrased his questions:

A couple of days after our item ran, Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow featured the footage in a post of his own -- and Polis responded with delight, as well as the following pic of him rocking a Boing Boing T-shirt:

Accompanying this image was a note from Polis that read, "So hi! I've been a dedicated Boing Boing reader for many many years, more than I care to say. And I was so excited that *I* am on Boing Boing! So I photographed myself in my Boing Boing shirt, which I wear every day of course, and posted it here. I wanted to get the mention of me in the background but it kinda came up overexposed no matter what I did. Oh well. I'm psyched to be on Boing Boing!"

Shortly thereafter, Polis doubled his pleasure when the site featured a photo of him wearing another Boing Boing shirt:

In the latest post, writer Mark Frauenfelder points out that Polis was photographed by John Maushammer when he visited The Boulder Hackerspace and signed up for a membership. Adds Frauenfelder, "Wow -- a US Congressman who is against the War on Drugs and is also a maker -- I almost want to move back to Boulder so I could vote for him next time he's up for re-election."

Looks like Polis has the Boing Boing demographic on lock. Indeed, the first comment on the Frauenfelder offering poses the question, "Polis for Prez 2016?"

That might be a tougher race than the one in Boulder.

More from our Politics archive: "Jared Polis does beer bong with Stephen Colbert."

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