GOP lawmaker suggests Democrat who touched him may be gay

GOP lawmaker suggests Democrat who touched him may be gay

In an interview with TribLive following the incident, Metcalfe said Bradford has repeatedly been asked to stop unwanted touching, and that the public shaming was meant to get the representative's attention.

When asked whether he intended the references to the sexuality of Bradford and other Democrats in a pejorative way, Metcalfe responded, "I said what I said".

"I don't know where we go from here", Bradford responded, ceding his time.

But Rep. Metcalfe, the committee chair and a Republican, was irritated by the touch.

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. "Like keep your hands to yourself".

Democrats are calling on Butler County Republican Daryl Metcalfe to resign over a confrontation with another lawmaker. "I've talked with staff and (committee) members about it". Metcalfe's words to a fellow representative have received such widespread criticism that even Gov. Tom Wolf (D-York) tweeted that he believes Metcalfe's position at the head of a powerful committee should be reconsidered. "We're officially off the rails".

"My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds", Bradford said. Bradford continued to laugh.

He also claims Metcalfe has made anti-gay comments in the past.

Who appears to be Republican state Rep. Brett Miller with his face in his hands during a Dec.5 committee meeting in Harrisburg.

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"Look, I'm a heterosexual", the conservative lawmaker tells Democratic Rep. Matt Bradford during a recent House committee meeting. "You can't make this stuff up! The most homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, xenophobic member of our government is using legislative time, and tax payer dollars, to interrupt a meeting to announce his sexual orientation", wrote Sims, whose office did not deny allegations that he'd thrown papers at Metcalfe after differences at a sanctuary cities hearing back in June.

By Tuesday evening, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party was calling for Metcalfe's resignation, citing what it called his "repeated racism", and attempts to silence gay lawmakers and hold up anti-discrimination laws before the committee.

Metcalfe, 55, has represented Pennsylvania's 12th district since 1999.

"In this day and age, that's really inappropriate", Bradford has since said.

As can be seen in the video above, Metcalfe interrupted Bradford to let his feelings be known about the arm touch.

"I wish some civility would reign", Bradford said. "I don't like men as you might but stop touching me all the time".

"I think that whole thing says a lot about the gentleman", Bradford said. "I've tried to calm him down".

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 called for the impeachment of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane for refusing to defend Pennsylvania's statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Stop touching me all the time.

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