State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe Defends His Comments

Democrats Call For Metcalfe's Resignation While He Protests Ongoing 'Touching'

Democrats Call For Metcalfe's Resignation While He Protests Ongoing 'Touching'

He requested a sidebar to discuss what he called "extraneous issues". Turzai, who is running to challenge Wolf's re-election bid next year, declined to discuss the subject Wednesday.

Pennsylvania's democratic party is calling Metcalfe's reaction homophobic, and says it's proof that he isn't fit for public office.

'PA State Representative Daryl Metcalfe disrupted a State Government Committee meeting this morning - about a land use bill! - to loudly declare his heterosexuality!' wrote Sims.

Wolf, a Democrat, called Metcalfe's comments "offensive and discriminatory" in a statement posted on Twitter. The hostility occasionally spills onto the House floor.

Metcalfe later told the Tribune-Review that Bradford has touched his arm or shoulder often during meetings in recent months even though he has asked Bradford to stop.

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

Metcalfe added: 'Keep your hands to yourself. I have a wife, I love my wife, I don't like men - as you might.

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

Metcalfe responded by saying,"Then beg".

Bradford - who has a wife and four children - later said he had simply sought to stop Metcalfe from interrupting him.

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

"That's not an excuse to go on a homophobic tirade", notes Cwalina. "It's not isolated, it's not a singular incident, it's not because someone touched his arm".

He interrupted the visibly stunned Bradford mid-sentence to tell him to stop touching him. Like if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. He has invited white supremacists to the capitol testify on behalf of his positions, defended white nationalists, and refused to condemn racist violence. He has pressed immigration legislation to stem what he called the "illegal alien invasion" and clashed several times with an openly gay lawmaker.