Lawmaker accuses colleague of being gay after forearm touch
An exchange between two lawmakers is causing quite a stir around the Pennsylvania Capitol, after a Republican lawmaker tells a colleague to stop touching his arm, accusing him of possibly being gay.
The interesting exchange between Representative Daryl Metcalfe, (R) Butler County and Representative Matt Bradford, (D) Montgomery County, happened yesterday during a committee hearing. Lawmakers were talking about a land use issue when video shows Rep. Bradford, while talking, touch the right arm of Rep. Metcalfe. Metcalfe stopped the proceeding and this is how the next one and a half minutes played out:
“I hear you, I understand there are some hard feelings with PennDOT.”
“President Bradford, look, I am a heterosexual. I have a wife. I love my wife. I don't like men as you might. Stop touching me all the time. Keep your hands to yourself. If you want to touch somebody, there are people on your side of the aisle that might like it but I don't.”
“OK, chairman, chairman, chairman, OK. We are officially off of the rails. Let me throw out a simple idea. My intent was simply to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds.”
“Then beg, don't touch.”
“I don't know where we go from here. Let me make a suggestion that we do a motion to postpone until our next regularly called meeting of the state government committee. I think it is probably appropriate that we have a sidebar to talk about some of the, what I call, extraneous issues that have been raised.
The immediate reaction in the room was initially uncomfortable laughter but it seemed to quickly turn to disbelief. In fact, a female sitting at the table can be seen putting her hands to her head, shocked about the direction of the conversation.
While the tenor in the room might have been a bit loose, some are not taking this topic lightly. The Pennsylvania Democrats are calling on Representative Metcalfe to resign.
“Enough is enough. Daryl Metcalfe is a walking, talking embarrassment to Pennsylvanians and doesn’t deserve the honor of serving in public office,” said Brandon Cwalina, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “For years Metcalfe has taken policy positions based on bigoted misconceptions and fear of minority groups and the LGBT community, but today he has gone beyond the pale. We are again calling on Daryl Metcalfe to resign and to apologize to all Pennsylvanians for his ridiculously bigoted behavior.”
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