Conservative Pa. lawmaker to colleague: 'Stop touching me all the time'


"Representative Bradford", Metcalfe said after being touched.

'I have a wife, I love my wife. But stop touching me all the time, " Metcalfe told Bradford, who then began laughing. "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 added as Bradford, a Democrat whose district is outside Philadelphia, laughed.

"Ok, we're officially off the rails", Bradford then announced the to room. "My intent was to simply beg for your permission for 30 seconds".

Metcalfe told that he "doesn't know" if he meant to imply Bradford is gay, but claims that his colleague has done it before, stating, "I know from him touching me all the time that he indicates he likes to touch men".

"I don't know where we go from here". "I wanted to send a clear message to Matt Bradford that I don't appreciate his constant touching on my arm".

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

The state Democratic Party called for Metcalfe to resign, while a gay and transgender rights group and a health care workers' labor union asked Turzai to strip Metcalfe of his committee chairmanship.

Neither lawmaker could be immediately reached for further comment Wednesday.

He also said Bradford touched his arm multiple times, which Bradford denied. Bradford, who has a wife and kids according to his online biography, told the paper he only reached out to touch him to "restrain him" so that he could finish his thought and that he was "not making a pass" at him.

"I planned to say what I did yesterday", said Metcalfe. I don't like men, as you might. "I've tried to calm him down".

"Enough is enough. Daryl Metcalfe is a walking, talking embarrassment to Pennsylvanians and doesn't deserve the honor of serving in public office, " said spokesman Brandon Cwalina in a statement.

In addition, Metcalfe also led legislative efforts to impeach former Attorney General Kathleen Kane and introduce pension reform legislation for retired government employees.

Metcalfe has repeatedly spoken out against homosexuality. In 2013, he attempted to use House rules to silence the aforementioned Sims during a discussion on same-sex marriages.

"I have no idea what goes on in his head", Bradford said of Metcalfe, "and some days I'm glad for that". He said he was sure Sims' comments would have been "just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God's law".

In 2015, after the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality nationwide, he accused the justices of "judicial tyranny" setting themselves "above God's law, natural law and the will of the people across this country".