A person never knows how another person may react to being touched. Sometimes, a simple “pat on the back” can lead to all sorts of assumptions that were never intended. That seems to be the case in Harrisburg as the Post Gazette reports that Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA) reacted so strongly to being touched on the arm by Rep. Matt Bradford (D-PA) that is reaction confused many attending.
The House Affairs Committee had a meeting on Tuesday and Bradford touched Metcalfe’s arm. Perhaps reading a different meaning into House Affairs, Metcalfe interrupted the Democrat in mid-speech and exclaimed, “Representative Bradford, 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.”
Making a reference to the Democrats, Metcalfe also fired off adding, “It’s like, keep your hands to yourself. Keep your hands to yourself. Like, if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don’t.”
While that is quite funny and, considering the agenda of the left somewhat warranted, to paint with such a large brush is uncalled for. Just the same, we all know where Metcalfe stands on sexuality and this personal space.
Bradford is married with four children and he responded with shocked laughter to the insinuation. “We are officially off the rails,” he said. Those near the Democrat began to laugh and at least person shielded their face from view.
“My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds,” said the Pennsylvania liberal.
“Then beg, don’t touch,” snapped Metcalfe.
“I don’t know where we go from here,” confessed a very confused Bradford.
Metcalfe later defended his words by saying the Democrat kept “continually reaching out and touching me. If someone touches another person, and they say, ‘stop touching me,’ and they don’t stop, that’s serious business.” He even said that such touching could be called “battery.”
Bradford admitted, “I have no idea what goes on in his head and some days I’m glad for that.”
Who knows why such an over-reaction happened from Metcalfe. Perhaps something terrible in his past happened or he knows of a case where something terrible happened to someone else. He certainly has a right to not be touched if he chooses not to be.
Just the same, this exchange managed to make for one of the most cringe-worthy segments of news heard all year.
Sources: The Post Gazette