Pennsylvania Lawmaker to Colleague: 'I'm Heterosexual … Keep Your Hands to Yourself'

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe a Republican from Butler County took issue with Democrat Matt Bradford after the latter touched his arm while addressing him. Metcalfe affirmed he was a heterosexual

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe a Republican from Butler County took issue with Democrat Matt Bradford after the latter touched his arm while addressing him. Metcalfe affirmed he was a heterosexual

In Tuesday's meeting on a bill about landlocked easements and roads, Metcalfe interrupted Democratic Rep. Matt Bradford - seated next to him - after Bradford placed his hand on Metcalfe's forearm while speaking.

"Look, I'm a heterosexual". I have a wife, I love my wife. "Stop touching me all the time", he said. Keep your hands to yourself.

Metcalfe went on to say "you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it".

A video of the meeting shows Bradford reacting to Metcalfe's initial statement by smiling and laughing.

As if to reassure his colleague, Bradford then told Metcalfe: "My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds".

At worst, Bradford's light touch is a testament that men have a tendency to bypass personal boundaries, but the real takeaway here is that Metcalfe holds some serious gendered, homophobic beliefs and sees gayness as an insult and something to fear.

Meanwhile, Metcalfe has doubled down on his interruption: "I don't know what [Bradford's sexuality] is", he said. "Matt Bradford, for months, as the minority ranking member has been reaching over and touching me at various meetings".

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In an interview with Triblive.com, Bradford said Metcalfe's comments were "unpleasant and awkward and appalling".

"The chairman can be volatile", Bradford, D-Montgomery, said.

"I planned to say what I said yesterday", said Metcalfe, who is 55 years old. And Bradford, who has a wife and four children, claims his actions weren't meant to offend.

"The homosexual crowd thinks that they can, you know, flaunt their sexuality routinely throughout the course of the day and throughout our government now and debate after debate", Metcalfe argued to CBS.

"Enough is enough. Daryl Metcalfe is a walking, talking embarrassment to Pennsylvanians and doesn't deserve the honor of serving in public office, " said spokesman Brandon Cwalina in a statement. "If he likes to touch other men, then find another man to touch because I'm not the man to be touching".

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called Rep. Daryl Metcalfe's comments offensive and discriminatory, and said it is "part of a disturbing pattern of behavior".

Metcalfe has been outspoken in his belief that homosexuality is a sin and marriage should only be between a man and a woman. In 2013, he attempted to use House rules to silence the aforementioned Sims during a discussion on same-sex marriages. Bradford went on to state that Metcalfe has taken some "extreme views" in the past, and this isn't the first time the Pennsylvania Democratic Party has fought for his resignation. Straining not to laugh, Rep. Bradford ended with, "And, uh, yeah, I'm pretty much without any further comment that would be constructive at this time".

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