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Republican lawmaker flips out after male colleague briefly touches his arm

U.S. House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe isn’t gonna take it anymore.

He has made it very clear to the world that he is a straight man and other men cannot touch his arm. Ever.

The conservative Republican flipped out in a recent House committee meeting after being touched briefly on the arm by his colleague, Democrat Matt Bradford.

The entire cringe-worthy moment was caught on video.

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Bradford is talking about a bill having to do with land use when he put his hand on Metcalfe’s arm and said: “I hear ya.”

According to Metcalfe, touching someone’s arm for a second seems to constitute harassment.

He immediately cuts in and announces his sexuality to the shocked meeting.

“I’m a heterosexual. I have a wife, I love my wife. I don’t like men, as you might. But stop touching me all the time,” he says.

Metcalfe then tells Bradford to keep his hands to himself and go and touch people on his side of the aisle.

After some nervous laughs, the meeting struggles on.

Bradford remarks that things are “officially off the rails” and suggests they postpone until another day.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Metcalfe claims Bradford has been continually reaching out and touching him for months and that he has asked him to stop. Presumably on the arm, as they sit side-by-side in meetings.

Bradford, who is married with four children, laughed off the accusations, reportedly saying he was not making a pass at the Chairman.

“I have no idea what goes on in his head,” Bradford said, “and some days I’m glad for that.”

The next few meetings will no doubt be very, very awkward. Maybe it’s in everyone’s best interests to rethink the seating arrangements.

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