The P-Gstory was about Metcalfe (R-Cranberry) freaking out when state Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) briefly touched his arm during a committee meeting about land-use policies.
In an interview Tuesday afternoon, Metcalfe said that Bradford for months has been "continually reaching out and touching me", and that he has asked him to stop. If you want to touch somebody you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it.
Bradford chuckled and then replied: "Okay, we're officially off the rails". He requested a sidebar to discuss what he called "extraneous issues".
Metcalfe told TribeLIVE.com that he "doesn't know" if he meant to imply Bradford is gay, but claims that his colleague has done it before, stating, "I know from him touching me all the time that he indicates he likes to touch men".
"But don't - stop touching me all the time", Metcalfe continued.
On the question of why he brought up sexuality, Metcalfe said: "Why not?"
"I don't know where we go from here", Bradford says.
Now, one might suggest there is a perfectly reasonable way Metcalfe could have informed Bradford he appreciates his personal space without putting his heterosexuality on the public record during a House committee meeting and simultaneously demonizing members of the LGBTQ community.
"Enough is enough", said spokesman Brandon Cwalina.
Gov. Tom Wolf called for House Republicans to remove Metcalfe as chairman of the committee because it oversees civil rights legislation, among other things. "You can't make this stuff up!" I don't like men as you might so stop touching me all the time. "The most homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, xenophobic member of our government is using legislative time, and tax payer dollars, to interupt [sic] a meeting to announce his sexual orientation", Sims said.
He did so while emphasising that he understood the Republican's point of view, but was interrupted for a rant which left the committee - and Bradford - shocked and appalled.
"I think [Metcalfe] was about to cut me off and, as I'm one to do with my hands, I kind of did the "hey" and from there the chairman kind of went to DEFCON 5", the 42-year-old lawmaker said, referring to the lowest of five alert states for the U.S. Armed Forces. "I've tried to calm him down". Metcalfe had prevented Sims from speaking to colleagues on the floor in 2013 about gay marriage rulings.
"I wish some civility would reign", Bradford said. He said he was sure Sims' comments would have been "just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God's law".
He also led the charge to impeach then-Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who he said created a "constitutional crisis" by refusing to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.