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Odd exchange, at about the 24 minute mark, between Reps. Metcalfe and Bradford during committee meeting

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

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said, “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 Tuesday. 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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