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Democrat's uterus quip annoys Republicans

March 31, 2011 at 10:22 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- Republicans in the Florida House say an Orlando Democrat should refrain from joking about his wife's uterus or other body parts on the House floor.

Rep. Scott Randolph came up with the quip, which he said was actually stolen from his wife, during a debate on legislation that would ban government bodies from collecting dues for unions, The St. Petersburg Times reported Thursday.

Randolph, arguing the Republicans are reliably pro-business and only oppose regulation that hurts "the little guy," suggested that if his wife could "incorporate her uterus" Republicans might be less interested in restricting abortion.

Republican leaders said Randolph's remark was inappropriate in the presence of young House pages and other children who might be in the gallery.

"I think it's a sad commentary about what we think about sex education in the state," Randolph said Thursday.

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