Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA) made headlines Tuesday when he was caught on tape asserting his heterosexuality after State Rep. and Committee Chairman Matthew Bradford (D-PA) briefly touched his arm during a meeting.

“Representative Bradford, I’m a heterosexual,” Metcalfe says in the video, while interrupting Bradford. “I have a wife. I love my wife. I don’t like men, as you might. But stop touching me all the time. It’s like, 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.”

A thoroughly bemused Bradford replies: “We’re officially off the rails.” Bradford, who also has a wife, then responds, “My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds,” to which Metcalfe curtly replies, “Then beg, don’t touch.”

The video ends with Bradford suggesting the committee set up “a sidebar to talk about what I’ll call ‘the extraneous issues’ that have been raised.”

Metcalfe attended Kansas State University and worked for more than 14 years as an electronic technician for Magnavox and a field engineer for DuPont/Dade Behring before being elected into the Pennsylvania House in 1998, according to his official profile.  

Metcalfe is currently serving his tenth term as the state representative and his fourth consecutive session as the Republican Majority Chairman of the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee.

In January 2016, the Senate joined with the House to vote in favor of House Bill 153, an amendment that was introduced by Metcalfe. The bill successfully amended the state’s constitution to reduce the House from 203 members to 151 members.

In addition, Metcalfe also led legislative efforts to impeach former Attorney General Kathleen Kane and introduce pension reform legislation for retired government employees. He also introduced protection of taxpayers, Second Amendment freedoms, paychecks and the right to work.

Metcalfe also worked considerably to stop illegal immigrants from entering the United States. To this end, he has founded the website State Legislators for Legal Immigration, a coalition where state legislators work in harmony with federal, state and local governments to secure the U.S. borders against illegal alien invasion.

Metcalfe is married to Elke Metcalfe and has a daughter, Lisa. According to his official biography, he was named Pennsylvania General Assembly’s “No. 1 Conservative.”

After the incident was caught on tape and the video went viral on social media, Bradford spoke up, calling Metcalfe’s gesture “very odd” and “problematic.”

“His behavior obviously more than crossed a few lines,” Bradford told Philadelphia magazine. “It tells you something about the status of our politics in America today if [Metcalfe’s words are] somehow acceptable or appropriate.”

Rep. Brian Sims, an openly gay member of Pennsylvania House State Government Committee, issued a statement on his Facebook page, calling Metcalfe “the most homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, xenophobic member of our government.”

Needless to say, Twitter users had a field day, mocking Metcalfe for his sudden urge to ascertain his sexuality in front of everyone.