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Wolf calls for Philly Rep. Boyle to resign from office after he’s charged with violating protection from abuse order

By: - September 27, 2021 12:05 pm

State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia (Pa. House photo)

Gov. Tom Wolf called for a Democratic state lawmaker from Philadelphia to resign from office on Monday as he undergoes mental health treatment stemming from a criminal arrest.

Speaking at an unrelated press conference, Wolf said that state Rep. Kevin Boyle does deserve treatment. But as he goes through it, he should not serve in the Legislature.

Philly Democratic Rep. Kevin Boyle arrested

The call echoes one made by House Republicans over the weekend after Boyle, a 41-year-old, six-term state representative, was arrested Friday for allegedly violating a protection from abuse order filed by his wife. 

Boyle was also charged with harassment. An attorney for Boyle told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the legislator had not been accused of violence, and would consent to mental health treatment.

Boyle’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

House Democratic spokesperson Bill Patton referred the Capital-Star to caucus leadership’s earlier statement on Boyle, which did not mention resignation. 

On Saturday, Democratic leadership acknowledged Boyle’s arrest in a statement, and said he was “dealing with ongoing mental health challenges.”

“We’re thankful to learn that he’s agreed to undergo evaluation and treatment,” House Democrats said in their statement. “Sadly, too many families deal with these challenges shrouded by stigma or shame. Our thoughts and prayers are first and foremost ​​with Rep. Boyle’s wife and two young children.”

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.