A Republican Pennsylvania state lawmaker freaked out after a colleague lightly touched him on the arm during a committee meeting, The New York Daily News reports.
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe snapped after Democratic Rep. Matt Bradford touched his arm at a meeting on a land-use bill in Harrisburg Tuesday.
“Look, I’m a heterosexual. I have a wife, I love my wife, I don’t like men — as you might,” Metcalfe said. “But stop touching me all the time.”
Bradford, who is married with four children, started to laugh.
“Keep your hands to yourself,” Metcalfe continued. “If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle who might like it. I don’t.”
Bradford replied, “my intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds.”
“Then beg, don’t touch,” said Metcalfe.
“I don’t know where we go from here, really,” Bradford replied.
The state Democratic Party called on Metcalfe to resign over the remarks.
“In addition to being racist, Metcalfe is homophobic,” the party said in a statement on Tuesday. “He has silenced gay lawmakers, held up non-discrimination laws and, just today, went on a random homophobic tirade directed at one of his colleagues.”
“Enough is enough,” party spokesman Brandon Cwalina said. “Daryl Metcalfe is a walking, talking embarrassment to Pennsylvanians and doesn’t deserve the honor of serving in public office.”
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