Rep Daryl Metcalfe said, "I don't like men, as you might", after Democratic Rep Matt Bradford placed his hand on Metcalfe's forearm while debating a land-use bill at the state government meeting in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Like if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it.
"OK, we're officially off the rails", Bradford said amid nervous chuckles throughout the meeting room. He requested a sidebar to discuss what he called "extraneous issues".
Bradford - who has a wife and four children - later said he had simply sought to stop Metcalfe from interrupting him.
Metcalfe, R-Butler, chairs the State Government Committee, and his comments and committee meetings routinely stoke anger from Democrats.
"I've told him in the past to stop touching me, more than once, that he should stop it".
Pennsylvania's first openly gay legislator, Rep Brian Sims, expressed outrage on Facebook over Metcalfe's comments.
In addition to being racist, Metcalfe is homophobic.
When told about the Democratic party's call for him to step down, Metcalfe said Tuesday he had no plans to resign, according to The Inquirer, a Philadelphia-based news outlet.
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Bradford later told Triblive.com that the lawmaker's comments were "unpleasant and awkward and appalling", adding: 'In this day and age, it's really inappropriate'.
As can be seen in the video above, Metcalfe interrupted Bradford to let his feelings be known about the arm touch.
'I don't know what [Bradford's sexuality] is, ' he said.
Metcalfe (left), who once defended white nationalism by saying it's "a lot different than a white supremacist" has been very vocal against homosexuality in the past.
Bradford denies Metcalfe's claim of repeated touching. I speak with my hands.
"The chairman can be volatile", Bradford, D-Montgomery, said.
When same-sex marriage was recognized across the country by the Supreme Court in 2015, Mecalfe said the Supreme Court displayed "judicial tyranny".
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