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GOP lawmaker suggests Democrat who touched him may be gay

'I don't like men, as you might'

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A committee meeting in Pennsylvania's capitol was briefly derailed by a Republican representative who asked a male colleague to stop touching him, suggesting the Democrat might be gay.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, chairman of the House State Government Committee, said, "I'm a heterosexual. I have a wife. I love my wife. I don't like men, as you might," after Rep. Matt Bradford placed his hand on Metcalfe's forearm during a meeting of the state government committee in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County. went on to say "you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don't."

A visibly stunned Bradford, the committee's Democratic chair, laughed and said the meeting was "officially off the rails." He requested a sidebar to discuss what he called "extraneous issues."

Bradford, a Democrat from Montgomery County, has a wife and four children, according to his online biography.

Neither man could be reached for comment.


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