Rep. Randy Neugebauer says he apologized for confronting park ranger

October 18, 2013

You may recall, in the early days of the shutdown, seeing video of Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.) telling a U.S. Park Service ranger that she should be ashamed of herself for denying people access to the World War II Memorial.

Neugebauer told Scripps Howard on Thursday that he later apologized to the ranger.

''We reached out to the park ranger over 10 days ago," he said. "We extended our apologies for the tone."

The ranger, wearing spectacles and a wide-brimmed NPS hat, appears in an Oct. 2 video of the confrontation. The video went viral and ignited an outpouring of outrage against the congressman. It seems the ranger has had enough of the spotlight for now.

While she appreciates the congressman reaching out to her, Park Service officials told Neugebauer's office she wishes to remain anonymous.

Respectful of her wishes, the lawmaker is crafting a letter of apology for his tone during their discussion. Instead of speaking with her directly, he will send the letter to NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

The Park Service didn't respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Neugebauer this week drew a primary challenger: columnist and surgeon Donald May.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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