Sunday, 09 December, 2018

PA Dems Call For GOP Lawmaker's Resignation After 'Random Homophobic Tirade'

State Representative Daryl Metcalfe apparently does not like to be touched during committee hearings State Representative Daryl Metcalfe apparently does not like to be touched during committee hearings
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2017, 13:13

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said, "I don't like men, as you might", after Rep. Matt Bradford, who represents Montgomery County, placed his hand on Metcalfe's forearm during a meeting of the state government committee Tuesday.

Said Metcalfe, interrupting Bradford: "Representative Bradford, look, I'm a heterosexual". "Look, I'm a heterosexual". I love my wife. "But stop touching me all the time". "Keep your hands to yourself", Metcalfe said to raucous laughter from his colleagues. "Like if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle who might like it".

"We are officially off the rails", he responded.

"If someone touches another person, and they say, 'stop touching me, ' and they don't stop, that's serious business", he says.

The video ends with Bradford suggesting the committee set up "a sidebar to talk about what I'll call "the extraneous issues" that have been raised".

An unamused Rep. Metcalfe tries to cut Rep. Bradford off with a curt "Thank you".

Not everyone likes to be touched. Other lawmakers in the room laughed out of shock or embarrassment over Metcalfe's remarks. "I've tried to calm him down".

"State Representative Daryl Metcalfe has always been a problem in Harrisburg", Pa. Democrats wrote in a released statement.

In 2013, Metcalfe used a procedural maneuver to prevent Sims from speaking on the House floor about the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act. "You could have knocked me over with a feather", Bradford told HuffPost.

Also that year, Metcalfe was one of several Republican lawmakers to call for the impeachment of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane because they said she was refusing to defend the state's ban on gay marriage.

During an interview after the incident, Metcalfe claimed Bradford had continually reached out and touched him for months and that he had asked him to stop before, according to the Pittsburgh Gazette. The most homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, xenophobic member of our government is using legislative time, and tax payer dollars, to interupt a meeting to announce his sexual orientation.

"I wish some civility would reign", Bradford said.