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Butler County Lawmaker Doesn’t Back Down; Governor Wolf Urges His Removal From Committee Chairmanship

December 7, 2017
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A state lawmaker from Butler County whose comments Tuesday during a committee hearing have brought about calls for his resignation refuses to back down, and says his remarks were carefully planned.

Republican state Representative Daryl Metcalfe, the chairman of the House State Government Committee, interrupted Democratic chairman Matt Bradford on Tuesday, suggesting Bradford might be gay because he had touched Metcalfe’s arm while making a point.  Bradford is married and the father of two children.

Calling the remarks homophobic, the Democratic State Committee issued a statement calling for Metcalfe’s resignation.  Governor Tom Wolf has called Metcalfe’s behavior in the hearing offensive and discriminatory, and has suggested Metcalfe be urged to relinquish his chairmanship.

Radio PA News reports that Metcalfe has not backed down, saying he chose his words carefully to call attention to an ongoing dispute, adding that he has repeatedly asked Bradford not to touch him and that others have told him Bradford appeared to be trying to provoke him.

Bradford denies the allegations that he was trying to incite Metcalfe, and says he cannot recall any conversations about touching.

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