Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Lawmaker: 'I'm a Heterosexual, Stop Touching Me'

Lawmaker: 'I'm a Heterosexual, Stop Touching Me'

"Representative Bradford, just - look", said Republican Daryl Metcalfe. "I don't like men, as you might", Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, told Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery County, during a State Government Committee meeting. "I don't think people understand how serious it is when somebody says stop invading my personal space, stop touching me", said Metcalfe.

"It's like keep your hands to yourself", he added as a startled Bradford looked on and began laughing. If you want to touch somebody, there are people on your side of the aisle that might like it.

Bradford ceded his time to talk about the bill after the outburst, saying, "I don't know where we go from here".

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

"I'm like the suburban Dem, with a wife and four kids himself", Bradford said.

In an interview with, Bradford said Metcalfe's comments were "unpleasant and awkward and appalling".

Metcalfe said in an interview that he meant to draw attention to unwanted touching from Bradford, who he said has touched his arm or shoulder often in meetings in recent months despite his telling Bradford to stop.

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

When Bradford touched Metcalfe's arm, he called him out in front of everybody for doing it and reminded him that he is straight.

While Metcalfe's comments sparked laughter during the meeting, many Pennsylvania Democrats were not amused. "We are again calling on Daryl Metcalfe to resign and to apologize to all Pennsylvanians for his ridiculously bigoted behavior". 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. "It tells you something about the status of our politics in America today if [Metcalfe's words are] somehow acceptable or appropriate". We have not yet heard back from them.

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