February 12 – Owners of a bar outside of Philadelphia have banned Pennsylvania Representative Kevin Boyle, after a drunken outburst caught on video last Thursday.
Boyle represents the 172nd district in PA, which includes parts of northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County, as a Democrat. In the incident, he was threatening employees of the bar and using his alleged political sway to shut the bar down permanently.
Video of Boyle’s comments have made the rounds on social media.
No charges have been filed, but Democratic House leadership has said Boyle is seeking help.
In 2021, Boyle was arrested for harassment and violating a protection from abuse order from his ex wife, according to reports.
He has been a member of the PA House since 2011.
The incident from last week was quite troubling.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “He’s at a bar and on video goes into this tirade where he’s threatening the bartender about do you know who I am? I’ll shut this place down. Really sounds like this guy might have some issues. His brother, by the way, is a US Congressman from out in that area as well. So I’ll be curious this week, I mean, we know they’re still in this period of recess for about another five weeks. Might he come out and make an announcement? I mean, we know there have been some other state Reps in the past year that have been caught behaving badly that will say, well, I’m going to rehab or here’s what I’m going to do. I think this guy is going to have to come out and make some kind of an announcement this week to address this.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Democrat leaders have addressed it and I’m sick of this. What do they go to? He’s been open about his personal challenges. He’s a dear friend and colleague, seeking our help. He needs mental health services. Well, he needs to not be a state Representative while he’s getting that help. I’m so tired of this victimization that means you should be able to stay wherever you are or having problems means you should stay wherever you are for everything from Lloyd Austin, who’s now apparently back in the hospital and transferring his powers, to this guy who’s having mental health problems. If you’re having physical problems or mental health problems that keep you from being able to do the job, you step down.”
Barkdoll said, “It seems like oftentimes these things happen, and these guys will spin it into something else. Look last year when Torren Ecker got the DUI and speculation was certainly he’s going to have to resign. There’s going to be pressure to oust him. He’s the Republican Representative from over there in the Adams County area. Nothing really came of it. He got an ARD in court. He made an announcement that he was contrite about it and was going to do better. It just seems like that often is the pattern in these cases. So I would not be surprised if you see Representative Boyle come out with a very apologetic announcement and maybe he’ll say, ‘I’m going to do better, I’m going to go get some treatment or whatever’ it might be and then when they reconvene in March, he’ll just be back on the floor and it’ll be business as usual.”