GOP state lawmaker suggests Democrat who touched him may be gay

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe: Can't touch this

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe: Can't touch this

Metcalfe is now serving his tenth term as the state representative and his fourth consecutive session as the Republican Majority Chairman of the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee.

According to the Inquirer, Chairman of the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) interrupted Democratic Chairman Matt Bradford, after Bradford touched his arm while making a on point on land use issues.

"I have a wife, I love my wife".

Bradford said the committee meetings are often contentious and that he has often tried to quell disagreements between Metcalfe and other members. Metcalfe went on to say "you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don't", he continued.

"We have someone who's an elected leader and he continues to touch an elected leader when he's been told to stop", Metcalfe said.

When asked by Triblive.com if he meant to suggest that Bradford is gay, Metcalfe said he did not know.

"I'm pretty much without any further comment that could be constructive at this time", Bradford added. "Let me make a suggestion that we do a motion to postpone until our next regularly called meeting of the State Government Committee".

Chairman Bradford, who is married to a woman and has four children with her, appeared stunned.

Metcalfe, 55, made the comments during a meeting in which the committee was scheduled to vote on a bill related to eminent domain and roads. "But I know from him touching me all the time that he indicates he likes to touch men".

Metcalfe, 55, has represented Pennsylvania's 12th district since 1999.

Also in 2013, Metcalfe had Rep. Brian Sims' mic cut as he was about to begin speaking on same-sex marriage. "You could have knocked me over with a feather", Bradford told HuffPost.

"I speak with my hands", Bradford said.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mockingly reported the story with the headline, "Daryl Metcalfe comes out as heterosexual".

"His talking about that on the House floor would have been an open rebellion against Almighty God and God's word, against God's law", Metcalfe said later.

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