Appalling moment foul-mouthed Pennsylvania Democrat lawmaker barks ‘do you know who I am?’ and threatens to CLOSE bar after staff asked him to leave
State lawmaker ‘seeking help’ after shouting ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ and threatening to close a bar whose staff had asked him to leave.
Kevin Boyle, a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, told onlookers ‘do you know who I am?’ after they told him to go home.
No one was spared in his three-minute rant caught on camera, where he called them everything from ‘idiots’ and ‘morons’ to ‘traitors’ and ‘actors’ – with his rant liberally peppered with f-words also.
He threatened to “terminate this bar” and to block the promotions of what he mistakenly thought were military drinkers at Gaul & Co Malt House in Rockledge, Pennsylvania.
“Don’t you think I’m going to prevent your promotion in the US Army?” he bellowed in the video posted on social media.
Kevin Boyle (pictured with his wife) ‘seeks help’ after shouting abuse at customers and staff while appearing to be drunk at a bar
People at the bar pleaded with Boyle to leave, saying he was drunk or on drugs, including one who said: ‘Listen, you just had a bit too much to drink, just go home.’
However, Boyle, 44, only became more combative as the video went on, declaring: ‘I can end this bar by the way’.
One of the patrons was confused by his rant and said ‘nobody even said a word to you, you’re the one who started shooting’.
‘Why are you acting like that? Is it US military intelligence and traitors and…’ he replied, prompting one patron to say he ‘has no idea where the hell he is’.
“You idiots, you fucking morons … you’re all fucking actors, you’re not from here … you’re all fucking traitors, American military intelligence,” he continued.
‘You’re not going to do anything, you won’t do anything. Don’t you think I’m going to prevent your promotion in the US Army?’
The Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives told onlookers ‘do you know who I am?’ after they told him to go home
No one was spared in his three-minute rant caught on camera where he called them everything from ‘idiots’ and ‘morons’ to ‘traitors’ and ‘actors’
The patrons he addressed told him that they were not in the military and did not understand why he was raving about military intelligence.
Eventually the female bartender lost patience and yelled at him to ‘get the f**k out of the f**king bar’.
Boyle refused to leave as the bartender continued to tell him to get out and remove his hand from her face while pointing at her.
He asked if he had paid his bill and was told he had, before explaining ‘I don’t wanna be a showerbag… I don’t wanna be an a**hole’.
“Well you are,” the bartender replied and again told him to leave.
Boyle said she was ‘so aggressive’ and told her ‘you can’t talk to me like that, I’ll close your fucking bar, this bar is done’.
‘Do you know who the hell I am? this bar is done tomorrow, do you know who the hell I am?’ he continued.
He threatened to ‘terminate this bar’ and to block the promotions of whom he mistakenly thought were military drinkers at Gaul & Co Malt House in Rockledge, Pennsylvania
Boyle has barely been seen in public in recent months, missing numerous house sittings and not updating his official social media since September
The Pennsylvania House Democratic Leadership called the video “deeply troubling” and showed why access to mental health services is important.
‘Representative Boyle has been open about his personal challenges. We are encouraged that our colleague and dear friend is seeking help,’ it said.
“Our commitment to the delivery of mental health services does not stop at the Capitol Steps.
‘One of the main reasons we advocate so strongly for access to mental health is the reality that challenges can and do happen to anyone, and seeking treatment should be encouraged, not stigmatised.’
Boyle, the brother of Congressman Brendan Boyle, has a long history of mental health issues that nearly cost him his job in 2022, and led to legal trouble in 2021.
His recent scandals have been an extraordinary fall from grace for the former rising star, who toppled a Republican former House speaker just 30 years old.
He may not even be up for re-election this year, having represented the Northeast Philadelphia district since 2011.
Next Tuesday’s filing deadline to run in the Democratic primary in April is fast approaching and Boyle has yet to nominate for election.
Boyle has barely been seen in public in recent months, missing numerous house sittings and not updating his official social media since September.
Democrats are worried about having anyone on the ballot at all to defend the seat against Republican challengers
One of them, Patrick Gushue, who will contest the primary against Aizaz Gill, did not outright call for Boyle to resign, but denied his actions.
“His unacceptable behavior and threats to use his position of authority to close a local business highlight the needs for new leadership in the district,” he wrote online.
Boyle’s recent scandals have been an extraordinary fall from grace for the former rising star, toppling a Republican former House speaker aged just 30.
Bob Stewart, who ran against Boyle in the 2022 primary but planned to sit out this year, said he may have to enter the fray after seeing the video.
“If he moves out, I’ll run out of duty to my neighbors,” he said.
Boyle’s downward spiral began in 2021 with a series of bizarre social media posts that began with him calling a colleague a ‘total fraud’ who was ‘playing the race card’.
“Isaiah Thomas is probably the worst member of the Philadelphia City Council,” he tweeted about his longtime friend, who was confused by the sudden attack.
‘In a city with a murder rate that is so out of control, he is literally campaigning for efforts to further limit policing. Furthermore, he plays the race card. Total fraud!’
More outbursts led to him being removed from his position as chairman of the House Finance Committee and his access to the Capitol building restricted.
Then in September 2021, he was charged with harassment and violating a protection from abuse order taken out by his wife and mother of his two young children.
Boyle was able to escape with a mental health evaluation and treatment plan in an agreement with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
“It is important to note that Kevin Boyle is not accused of any act of violence,” Boyle’s attorney, R Emmett Madden said at the time.
‘He intends to carry out all court, mental health and medical recommendations, including treatment.
“We are confident that with treatment, Kevin can return to full health, resolve these charges, and continue to serve his constituents.”
Boyle’s downward spiral began in 2021 with a series of bizarre social media posts that began by calling his colleague and long-time friend Isiah Thomas (pictured together) a ‘total fraud’ who was ‘playing the race card’
Boyle was charged with harassment and violating a protection from abuse order taken out by his wife and mother of his two young children
Boyle wrote a letter to voters before the primary blaming psychosis caused by an adverse reaction to the Adderall he took to treat ADHD.
‘Family and friends could see that I started acting differently, that my mental health was deteriorating,’ he wrote.
‘But I couldn’t see it myself. I lost touch with reality and suffered from paranoid delusions.
‘I am very, very happy. I now understand, in a personal way, that a mental health problem can develop in any person.’
Boyle claimed the treatment he was forced to receive at a mental health facility as a result of his arrest saved his life.
Republicans called on him to resign and “focus on his personal health and the future well-being of those around him.”
But the Democratic leadership stuck with him, and he won the 2022 primary and prevailed in the general election.