Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) has endured his fair share of scandal, which can make for uncomfortable encounters in public when perfect strangers like video journalist (this might be putting it generously) Joey Boots start heckling him.
During the recent Puerto Rican Day Parade in the Bronx, Rangel was riding in a red convertible happily waving to the crowd like a Miss America winner when Boots began shouting at him truck driver style.
Provoking him, one might say: “HEY CHARLIE CHARLIE! YOU’RE A CROOK. YOU’RE A CROOK. YOU’RE CHEATING ON YOUR TAXES. YOU’RE A CROOK. … YOU’RE A CROOK CHARLIE. YOU CROOK. CHARLIE YOU’RE A CROOK. CHARLIE YOU’RE A CROOK. YOU’RE A CROOK CHARLIE. … CHARLIE YOU’RE NOTHING BUT A CROOK. … YOU SHOULD BE IN JAIL.”
It’s safe to say Boots handles his own publicity. In tweets this morning, he wrote to FNC’s RedEye, to WaPo and more to say that Rangel had given him the finger four times. Maybe something to put on his resumé?
Boots, whose work has appeared on the Howard Stern Show, is well-known for his antics. His most recent history of bothering a Washingtonian was when he happened upon FNC and The Daily Caller‘s Tucker Carlson fishing in Central Park. Thankfully things didn’t get out of hand, but it could have turned ugly fast. Carlson managed to not give boots the middle finger on tape, but it was evident he wasn’t necessarily ecstatic about having his quiet time in the park interrupted by a heavily New York-accented videographer who had no clue who he was filming. Even when Carlson said he didn’t work for Fox News, Boots couldn’t correct him because he didn’t know who in the world he was.
We attempted to reach Boots over Twitter. So far, no luck, but we’re not without hope. Watch the video below.