Pa. state lawmaker faces calls to resign after calling fellow lawmaker gay

Postado Dezembro 08, 2017

Daryl Metcalfe was at a committee meeting Tuesday and when another representative touched his arm, Metcalfe lashed out, saying "I'm a heterosexual".

He interrupted the visibly stunned Bradford mid-sentence to tell him to stop touching him.

"Look. I'm a heterosexual".

"You have a right, I have a right and every citizens has a right to their personal space. Stop touching me all the time", he said. "It's like, keep your hands to yourself". Like if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. He requested a sidebar to discuss what he called "extraneous issues".

'My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds, ' Bradford, of Montgomery County, said.

"Then beg", Metcalfe responded, "don't touch".

And Democrats say, even if it happened, that doesn't excuse Metcalfe.

Bradford, who has a wife and four children has reportedly said that Metcalfe was "out of control" with his comments.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called on Republican House leaders take away Metcalfe's chairmanship of the House state government committee after he made "offensive and discriminatory" statements about homosexuality one day before.

Following Metcalfe's comments, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party called for his resignation.

"I don't know where we go from here, really", he added.

For his part, Bradford told TribLive that his GOP counterpart's odd comments were "awkward" and "really inappropriate", noting, "I speak with my hands".

"I don't know what his sexuality or his sexual behavior is". 'But I know from him touching me all the time that he indicates he likes to touch men'. He has invited white supremacists to the capitol testify on behalf of his positions, defended white nationalists, and refused to condemn racist violence.

The conservative lawmaker told TribLive that Bradford has been repeatedly told to rein in his touching behavior. I've tried to calm him down'.

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