Texas congressman accosts World War II Memorial park ranger
WASHINGTON – Things got a little loud at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
A group of veterans was allowed to go in but park rangers kept everyone else out Wesnesday.
That’s when a Texas congressman lashed out at a park ranger but that wasn’t the only confrontation.
A furloughed federal worker got in on the argument and the whole thing was caught on camera.
Rep. Randy Neugebauer – (R) Texas: “How do you look at them and say… how do you deny them access? I don’t get that.”
Park Ranger: “It’s difficult.”
Rep. Randy Neugebauer: “Well it should be difficult.”
Park Ranger: “It is difficult. I’m sorry, sir.”
Rep. Randy Neugebauer: “The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves.”
A furloughed federal employee, Jim O’Keefe, then confronted the congressman.
O’Keefe: “This woman is doing her job just like me. I’m a 30-year federal veteran. I’m out of work.”
Rep. Randy Neugebauer: “Well the reason you are is Mr. Reid is…”
O’Keefe: “No. It’s because the government won’t do its job and pass a budget.”
The worker took the opportunity to tell the congressman who’s to blame for the park shutdown.
After the confrontation O’Keefe said, “I saw a federal employee who was there following orders, doing their job. They’re not responsible for the closing of this, that gentleman is.”
Authorities said that wasn’t the only confrontation at the World War II Memorial that day.
A group of federal contractors also chose the site for a protest.