State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe Defends His Comments

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

How sexuality weaseled its way into a discussion about land-use legislation is a mystery. It didn't go over well - at all.

"Look, I'm a heterosexual", Metcalfe said. I don't like men, as you might. He previously helped lead an unsuccessful effort to impeach then-Attorney General Kathleen Kane because she didn't enforce the state's former ban on same-sex marriage, and he once used a procedural maneuver to prevent an openly gay colleague from speaking on the House floor because he believed the colleague would "say things that I believe are open rebellion against God".

Bradford and the rest of the people in the room started laughing at the absurd comment.

For more information on Metcalfe, you can visit his website here. If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle who might like it.

Visibly taken aback by the comments, Bradford responded by saying "we are officially off the rails" and tried to explain to Metcalfe that the touch was to "beg for your permission for 30 seconds".

Bradford later told that the lawmaker's comments were "unpleasant and awkward and appalling", adding: 'In this day and age, it's really inappropriate'.

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party - as well as Gov. Tom Wolf (D) - have called on Metcalfe to step down as chairman of the committee, CNN reported.

Metcalfe told Triblive that he didn't know anything about Bradford's sexual preferences.

Metcalfe told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Bradford, for months, has been continually touching him and that he has asked him to stop.

Metcalfe, though, is standing his ground. "I wanted to send a clear message to Matt Bradford that I don't appreciate his constant touching on my arm".

When asked about Metcalfe's claim, Bradford said: 'I'll be honest, I often try to calm him down. Metcalfe also doesn't seem convinced - for whatever reason - of Bradford's heterosexuality.

'I don't know what [Bradford's sexuality] is, ' he said.

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