Here’s a new one – PA House Democrats are voting for a representative who’s not in the Chamber because of an arrest warrant

April 18 – This one is going to be hard to stomach. 

For some background, Pennsylvania House Representative Kevin Boyle has had some run-ins with the law lately. 

There is a Protection From Abuse order on him from his ex-wife. 

Earlier this year, Boyle was banned from a bar outside of Philadelphia by the owners after a drunken outburst that was caught on video. 

Now Boyle has a warrant out for his arrest for violating a restraining order. 

Boyle represents the 172nd district in PA, which includes parts of northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County, as a Democrat. 

In 2021, Boyle was arrested for harassment and violating the PFA order from his ex-wife, according to reports. 

He has been a member of the PA House since 2011.

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “He hasn’t resigned. He didn’t resign from the bar incident, where he also, as I understand it, threatened, if you don’t play ball, I know a lot of very important people. You’re talking about somebody with a six figure liquor license being threatened by some politician, allegedly.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “He’s neurodivergent, by the way, that’s how he would identify because nobody’s a law breaker or a bad person anymore. They’re just some kind of victimhood. He’s neurodivergent. He has mental problems.”

PA Representative Rob Kauffman said, “It’s important to note that his brother is a US Congressman. So his brother from the city of Philadelphia is a US congressman in Washington. So it’s not just people who are being threatened by him. They recognize this as a family thing. So that is a concern as well when he’s involved.”

If Boyle would resign, that would take the Democratic majority in the PA House down by one – just about enough to possibly turn the tables. 

Ryan said, “So we’ve got a whole bunch of Democrats that don’t have the courage to park this guy.”

Kauffman said, “He is out on the lam. There’s a warrant out for his arrest. No one knows where he is.” 

This is where the story gets really galling – because he’s been in the legislature since 2011, he’ll have health care coverage for the rest of his life.

“How about that Pennsylvania?” Ryan lamented. “How about the Democrats? If he goes to jail, after he’s done with that, he’ll get free health care that’s paid for YOU! What? I can’t take it anymore.” 

It actually gets worse, though. The Democratic House majority is still counting Boyle’s votes. 

Kauffman said, “So this guy, he’s out. There’s a warrant out for his arrest. They were still voting for him yesterday. He was being voted by House Democrat leadership on the House floor.”

“How?” Ryan asked. 

“Because when you’re in charge, you make up your own rules,” Kauffman said.

Ryan said, “Wait a second, so the guy doesn’t show up and they’re calling his vote. They’re voting for him.”

“Correct,” Kauffman confirmed. 

“What the hell is going on?” Ryan asked. 

Kauffman said, “This is the daily clown show that is the Pennsylvania House of Representatives under this leadership. I’ve never seen anything like this. If you go to the record on the House floor, it was the leadership contesting it regularly, but again, these folks run the House.”

Ryan asked, “Where are the rules?”

Kauffman said, “The House Democrat majority when they’re in charge, they make the rules. They made the rules, they enforced the rules. Speaker McClinton who is the Democrat running the show, if she believes one thing, she interprets the rules this way and the parliamentarian says yes.” 

Ryan said, “So the press up in Harrisburg, they’ve got a little tickle in their nether regions for Donald Trump and the trial here, but they really should be paying attention to this one. The guy’s not even there and they vote for him and he’s on the run.” 

Kauffman said, “Republicans, we have a member Representative Joe Kerwin, he’s a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He is deployed to Africa. He is not able to vote because he is deployed to Africa serving our country. But this guy who has a warrant out for his arrest, he’s on the lam, he is their vote making up their constitutional majority because they continue to vote for him.” 

Ryan said, “You’ve got a hell of a party up there. You Democrats, you’re really impressive here.” 

Jansen added, “Twelve years he’s been in there and he was arrested for the first time in September 2021.” 

Ryan said, “And he’s going to get free healthcare after whatever they do. They’ll slap his wrists. Despicable. And look, there’s plenty of Republicans that are louses as well. You just, right now on the Democrat side, you’ve got it cornered, for whatever reason.”