Neugebauer remarks to park ranger in national spotlight

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Updated: 10/03/2013 8:15 pm
It may have been a short exchange between Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer and a park service ranger at the World War II Memorial, but it was enough to make national news. 

The congressman was upset because Honor Flight veterans were getting access to the memorial, which is closed due to the government shutdown, but the several other vets were not. 

"How do you look at them and deny them access?" Neugebauer said.
"It's difficult," The Park Service employee said.
"Well, it should be difficult," replied the congressman.
"It is difficult," responded the Park Service employee. "I'm sorry, sir."
"The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves," The congressman said.
"I'm not ashamed," The ranger responded. 
"Well, you should be," Neugebauer replied. 

At that point, a crowd of onlookers got involved. 

"This woman is doing her job, just like me. I'm a 30-year federal veteran. I'm out of work," One man said.
"Well, the reason you are is because Mr. Reid decided to shut down the government," Neugebauer said.
"No, it's because the government won't do its job and pass a budget," the man responded.

We spoke with the congressman over the phone, who said the incident got blown out of proportion. 

"My frustration was primarily that that monument should not be closed to anybody," Neugebauer said. "It's an open spaced monument, it does not require any personnel to be there. So, why they spent all this money to put those barriers up to prevent some of these veterans that want to come see this memorial is a little frustrating to me."

One glance at the congressman's own Facebook page, and you can see hundreds of comments like these: 
"You should be absolutely embarrassed by your actions to the park ranger," One person said. 
"You shut down all the governmental operations, the park service did not," Another wrote. 
"You should be ashamed of yourself for attacking a federal employee that you have deemed non-essential and barred from work," Another comment read. 

Neugebauer said, however, that he has actually received some support from his constituents. 

 "You know, quite honestly, we've gotten a lot of calls, and most of them are from people outside the district," Neugebauer said. "But, I've had a lot of people say they understand my frustration as well that this administration would continue to play games with these treasures, these American heroes that gave their many sacrifices, blood, for this country. And then to be denied the ability to come and see the memorial, I think a lot of folks feel the same outrage I do."

The congressman said his comments weren't directed at the park ranger, but he stands by what he said. 

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Mosi Putie - 10/7/2013 9:14 AM
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Neugebauer was supporting veterans by berating a NPS ranger... at least that's his spin on the story. How pathetic, but that's what cowardly bullies like Neugebauer do. Funny how he claims to support veterans when his voting record on issues important to veterans is so abysmal.

Ampedusa - 10/7/2013 8:30 AM
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Mind boggling that someone can watch that video and think Randy was doing the right thing. I can only hope that the ethics charges against him stick and this draft dogging charlatan is voted out ASAP.

gweaver - 10/6/2013 2:01 PM
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@FireMall See ya at the polls :)

FireMall - 10/5/2013 5:19 PM
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@ gweaver .. First... I suggest you brush up on Reading Comprehension. Second ..,. So the Furloughed Park Rangers are at the Memorial to Keep the 85+ year old vets from vandalizing their Own Memorial ? If Obama ordered the "Extra" Rangers in to Protect the privately Built & maintained Memorial from the Vets it was built to Honor , well what does that say about Mr. Punish the Patriots ?? Speaking of Delusional .. I did say a word about Obamacare so maybe you need to get a grip on your issues before talking crap to me. Tell your fellow Liberal / Democrats hello for me . Thanks for admitting you and your kind believe every socialized word of Propaganda that has obviously made you the More Intelligent being around here . LMAO@U .

gweaver - 10/5/2013 2:12 AM
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@FireMall Hey Mr. Delusional, The rangers are there to protect the "open air" memorial. Hmmm...things like graffiti, vandalism, etc. Please explain to me how bills are passed and laws are enacted please...that is if you passed 7th grade social studies. Obamacare is a LAW. You do the rest of the thinking as I'm not wasting anymore typing on you.

FireMall - 10/4/2013 9:41 AM
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I read some comments trashing Randy for stating his opinion to the Furloughed Park Ranger. It's Ironic that few have trashed the POS who ordered the Rangers to deny the public access to a Memorial that was built by Private funding. So much for the "shutdown" that shutdown that Closed all Government Controlled National parks because the National Parks are Non_Essential. One Obama troll had the nonsensical op that Randy was jumping the Ranger when she was denying the Vets access and doing so without pay. If she wasn;t being paid to deny the vets their Constitutionally guaranteed right of assembly then She damm well should be ashamed of herself. Silly Libs actually think the shutdown means the furloughed Gov shills will not be paid while they are doing the scum Po9liticain's dirty work . They Will be paid It's against the Labor laws for even the Gov to demand services without paying the Service providers. Not one so called Gov official has bothered to inform the Taxpayers of the Fact that even the Gov employees who are on PAID Shutdown Vacation will be fully paid after the Juvenile Congress & POTUS get done showboating on "Our" dime. . At least for the time being anyway. In case anyone assumes I am a Neugebauer supporter . I do side with Randy on the Pathetic Obama game of punishing his enemies and rewarding his "Friends" . I will never forgive the So called Representative for Voting to nullify "We The People's" Constitution & Bill of Rights by Voting Yea on NDAA/

FredC - 10/4/2013 8:39 AM
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Way to go, Randy! It's funny how you bullied the woman but slithered away like the coward you are when you were confronted by a man. Like your pal, Louie Gohmert, you are an embarrassment to the state of Texas.
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