Some day rather than making threats against a Bay area politician, instead someone might kidnap one of them and then hold him or her for ransom.

And if the government then assigned me to be the person handling the ransom demand and the kidnapper then asked two cents for the return of the politician, I would probably reply, "That is far more than he is worth, so my final offer is one penny for his return, and otherwise you can keep him. However when you call me back if I am in a bad mood, then you will probably have to pay me to get me to agree to take him back."

(NOTE: If you never read the amusing story titled, "The Ransom of Red Chief," you should.)