The controversy surrounding state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s (R-Butler) comments to state Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) during a State Government Committee meeting continues to grow.
Governor Tom Wolf has called House Republican Leadership to pull Metcalfe’s position of chair of the committee.
Rep. Metcalfe’s comments yesterday were offensive & discriminatory. Unfortunately, this is part of a disturbing pattern of behavior. I urge House leadership to re-examine whether it is appropriate for him to continue controlling a committee that oversees civil rights legislation. https://t.co/x0gnXoTGag
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 6, 2017
According to the Post-Gazette, Metcalfe has said he will not step down from his position.
“To try and label people as being sexist, homophobic or racist or whatever they want to use as their label … the fact is the majority of men in our culture will not want a man who they don’t know touching them,” Metcalfe said.
In an interview with KDKA, Metcalfe doubled down on his statements made during the meeting.
“I said I don’t like to be touched like that by another man. Some on his side of the aisle might like it, go touch them, don’t touch me – obviously he likes to touch me, he kept touching me and touching and touching me,” Metcalfe told KDKA.
“The homosexual crowd thinks that they can, you know, flaunt their sexuality routinely throughout the course of the day,” Metcalfe said in a phone interview with KDKA.
Bradford told KDKA that he is a Philly guy who talks with his hands, which explains why he touched Metcalfe’s arm.
Bradford added that he was not making a pass at Metcalfe.
“I have no idea what goes on in his head and some days I’m glad for that,” Bradford told the Post-Gazette.