One Pennsylvania lawmaker is facing criticism after he bizarrely suggested a fellow state representative was gay because he briefly touched his arm during a committee meeting.
How sexuality weaseled its way into a discussion about land-use legislation is a mystery.
State Rep. Matt Bradford (D) put his hand on Rep. Daryl Metcalfe's (R) forearm while he was making his argument about the pending legislation. It didn't go over well — at all.
“Look, I'm heterosexual,” Metcalfe quickly interjected. “I have a wife, I love my wife, I don't like men — as you might. But stop touching me all the time.”
Bradford and the rest of the people in the room started laughing at the absurd comment. But Metcalfe was most definitely not joking. He went on to instruct his Democratic colleague that, if he wanted to touch someone, there are “people on your side of the aisle that might like it.”
Bradford, who is married to a woman and has four children, said, “We are officially off the rails.”
“I don't know where we go from here, really,” he added.
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.
For his part, Bradford told TribLive that his GOP counterpart's odd comments were “awkward” and “really inappropriate,” noting, “I speak with my hands. I've tried to calm him down.”
Metcalfe, though, is standing his ground.
“The homosexual crowd thinks that they can, you know, flaunt their sexuality routinely throughout the course of the day and throughout our government now and debate after debate,” he told CBSPhilly. “I wanted to send a clear message to Matt Bradford that I don't appreciate his constant touching on my arm.”
The conservative lawmaker told TribLive that Bradford has been repeatedly told to rein in his touching behavior. Metcalfe also doesn't seem convinced — for whatever reason — of Bradford's heterosexuality.
“I don't know what his sexuality or his sexual behavior is. I don't know what it is,” he insisted. “But I know from him touching me all the time, that he indicates he likes to touch men.”
Watch the exchange below.