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Police Ask Delegate Fluharty To Leave

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Wheeling, WV – West Virginia House of Delegates Minority Whip  Shawn Fluharty was asked to leave a basketball game in Wheeling on Tuesday, according to a Wheeling television station.

WTRF-TV7 said the Democrat Fluharty was in attendance at The WesBanco Arena for  Tuesday’s game between the Zoo Crew, (Pitt University’s alumni team) and Herd That (Marshall University’s alumni team). 

Fluharty told the station that he was politely asked to leave after he said he was doing “some good old-fashioned heckling with the Pitt student section.”

He went on, “Anyone who knows me knows I’m a passionate WVU fan and probably a little too loud. This was nothing more than old fashioned banter with Pitt fans as part of our historic rivalry. WVU won. Marshall won. 

“It was a great atmosphere in Wheeling and I look forward to continuing to cheer on our state while toning it down a notch. Let’s Go Mountaineers,” he concluded.

Fluharty, who was not arrested, was called out from the crowd by what appear on video to be two uniformed police officers.

The pair did not appear to touch the delegate but motioned for him to exit. Pittsburgh fans applauded as he was escorted from the arena.

Fluharty lives in Wheeling and has been in the House of Delegates since 2014. He is among the few remaining liberals in the House where Republicans hold a super-majority.

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Herd That won the game, 86-71, and will face Best Virginia, the West Virginia University alumni team, on Thursday at WesBanco Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. 

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    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state. View all posts

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.