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GOP state lawmaker suggests Democrat who touched him may be gay

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 6, 2017 4:09 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Republican state Representative Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- A committee meeting in the state capitol was briefly derailed by a Republican lawmaker who asked a male colleague to stop touching him, suggesting the Democrat might be gay.

Representative Daryl Metcalfe of Butler County said, "I don't like men, as you might," after Representative Matt Bradford of Montgomery County placed his hand on the Republican's forearm during a meeting of the state government committee yesterday.

Metcalfe went on to say "you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don't."

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

Bradford's online biography says he has a wife and children.

Neither man could be reached for comment.

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