September 8th, 2009
05:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Suspicious package closes RNC

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican National Committee was placed in lockdown for 1.5 hours Tuesday afternoon after a suspicious package was discovered in the mailroom.

The U.S. Capitol Police investigated and determined there was no threat. Initial results from the tests on the scene indicate the substance was sugar. A hazmat team and other authorities have left the scene.

The building was reopened to the public at around 5:40 p.m. ET.

“There was a suspicious package found in the RNC mailroom,” RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told CNN. “We worked with the U.S. Capitol Police to investigate the situation and have been given the all clear.”


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  1. Pete

    Maybe this is the wake-up call the RNC has needed. If they no longer recognize SUGAR when they see it, maybe it's time to sweeten up a little.

    September 8, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Stu-Florida

    Looks like someone is sending a message. probably one of the Health Insurers wanting to "sweeten the offer".

    September 8, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    They probably sent it to themselves to try and get some kind of positive press/sympathy.

    September 8, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    Another childish, classless move by Democrats.

    September 8, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Looks like the Obama kool-aid drinkers are really getting desperate now. They're smelling disaster. :-)

    September 8, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Jeff in Houston

    What could have been in there to frighten them? The Constitution?

    September 8, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. Libs are the new threat

    Guess the libs are resorting to bad tactics now.

    September 8, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. www.twitter.com/whybs

    Why should anyone waste any time with the RNC - the party of security & guns/religion clingers! :)

    September 8, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Kate in SW Fla

    Planted, so they can blame Democrats of terroizing them. Despicable.

    September 8, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. Joshua

    "Initial results from the tests on the scene indicate the substance was sugar." It seems Karl Rove has been careless with his doughnuts again.

    September 8, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. aa

    its a letter from their trrorist friends or oil companies oooo wait maybe health insurance companies they got new checks for RNC staff

    September 8, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Was it a gift from Van Jones?

    As Howard Dean shared on Sunday "his resignation is a loss to the Country"

    What rock does the radical left wing live under? What is happening to this great Country that so many have died for to protect from Communism and our Freedom? The next elections cannot happen soon enough!

    September 8, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Was it a package of tea bags? The final tally on Palin's wardrobe? Michael Steele's soul- no, wait, that's microscopic......

    I've got it! Its the marching orders from FOXNews and all the wacko-right wing talk-show hosts they keep employed to the RNC leadership!

    Such genius, such genius. Great way to divert attention from real problems. Nice work, Mr. Rove.

    September 8, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Charles Duran

    Alright-who's the wise guy trying to sweeten up the Republicans?

    September 8, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  15. That One Guy

    Why does the left hate so much?

    September 8, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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