Pennsylvania lawmaker to colleague: 'I'm heterosexual … keep your hands to yourself'

Pennsylvania lawmaker to colleague: 'I'm heterosexual … keep your hands to yourself'

Republican state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe was chairing a meeting about land use legislation when state Rep. Matthew Bradford, a Democrat who was speaking at the time, touched his arm. "I've tried to calm him down".

"Look, I'm heterosexual", Metcalfe quickly interjected. I don't like men, as you might. But stop touching me all the time, ' the rep from Butler County told Bradford, who started laughing. "It's like, keep your hands to yourself". "You have people on your side of the aisle that might like it".

House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, declined to discuss the issue Wednesday. He said his intent with the arm touch was to "beg for your permission for about 30 seconds".

"Then beg", Metcalfe responded, "don't touch".

Wolf, a Democrat, called Metcalfe's comments "offensive and discriminatory" in a statement posted on Twitter.

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

The incident, captured on a video feed, took place during a state government committee meeting in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday night.

In addition to being racist, Metcalfe is homophobic.

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.

"I don't know where we go from here, really", he added.

"This has been occurring for months, committee meeting after committee meeting, that he continues to reach over and touch me on the arm, touch me on the shoulder", Metcalf told KDKA's Jon Delano on Wednesday afternoon.

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

In one incident, Metcalfe pressed legislation to make English the official language of Pennsylvania and invited someone he identified as a "white nationalist" to testify in favor of it.

Bradford denies Metcalfe's claim of repeated touching.