The entire exchange was caught on camera last Tuesday
A Pennsylvania committee meeting took an awkward turn last week when a Republican representative asked another male committee member to stop touching him because he is not gay and has a wife.
“I don't like men, as you might,” said Rep Daryl Metcalfe (R) to Democratic Rep Matt Bradford after Bradford patted his arm during a discussion on a land-use bill on Tuesday.
Immediately after the gesture, Metcalfe interrupted the conversation saying, “Look, I'm a heterosexual. I have a wife, I love my wife, I don't like men - as you might. But stop touching me all the time.”
Stunned, Bradford who is straight and married with four kids, began to laugh saying the meeting had officially gone “off the rails.”
Many other committee members appeared shocked and somewhat amused at Metcalfe’s reaction.
“Keep your hands to yourself,” The Republican from Butler County continued, “If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle who might like it. I don't.”
Bradford explained, “My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds.”
Metcalfe then doubled-down, “Then beg, don't touch.”
Bradford told PennLive.com that whole "meltdown" was jarring and odd.