PA state rep Brian Sims is an icon — in his own warped mind. The openly gay lawmaker has made a name for himself over the years, but not for anything he should be proud of. He’s best known for offering his social media followers $100 to dox underage girls who had the temerity to pray peacefully in front of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood. He also “welcomed” then-Vice President Mike Pence to Pennsylvania with this charming photograph.
Now, the bearded harpy of Center City wants a promotion: to Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth.
In one way he might be an upgrade. The current Lt. Governor, John Fetterman, pulled a gun on an unarmed black jogger in 2013 while he was mayor of a small town. Just imagine if a republican had done that.
But back to Sims. It took Sims five months to offer an apology to the young girls, even as his actions were being investigated by the police and were denounced by his legislative colleagues.
This isn’t the only incident that has called Sims’ judgement (and stability) into question. This past August, local police investigated Sims for threatening a fellow pro-gay lawmaker over an LGBT Bill of Rights that Sims was angry about. It’s unclear what caused the unhinged rant, but the issue was later dropped (because he’s a democrat, I’m sure).
Visible gay representation has been a cornerstone of achieving equality in this country. But Brian Sims is not the kind of politician, let alone human being, we want associated with us. Let’s hope the voters of Pennsylvania see him as the nasty piece of work he is.