Philadelphia, PA – Matt Wolfe, Republican candidate for City Council at Large, addressed the recent videos of state representative Brian Sims harassing Pro-Life supporters outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City.
“As I watched the videos Sims posted, I was amazed that an elected official was acting in such a hateful and mean-spirited manner. My amazement quickly turned to anger, as I watched representative Sims follow this woman outside of Planned Parenthood for nearly 9 minutes, hurling insults attempting to intimidate her. In the next video I watched, Sims offered a $100 bounty if anyone could identify a few teenage girls praying outside of Planned Parenthood. Brian Sims represents the absolute worst in politics.” Stated Matt Wolfe, Republican City Council At Large candidate.
State Rep. Brian Sims recently posted two videos of himself verbally attacking Pro-Life supporters outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic at 12th and Locust Streets. In the first video, Sims approaches a woman and three teenage girls and after being told they were simply praying for the babies, Sims offers “$100 to anyone who will identify any of these three.”
In the second video, Sims follows a woman outside of Planned Parenthood, holding a rosary to pray, who he describes as an “old white lady.” For nearly 9 minutes in the video, he follows the woman hurling insults at her.
“Regardless of how you feel about abortion, everyone should condemn Brian Sims’ behavior. To target individual citizens, including minors, with threats of making their personal information public – which could likely lead to violence – is unacceptable.” Wolfe continued.
“It is sad when we see individuals act in such a manner, but it is a disgrace coming from an elected official. Elected officials should not spend their time trolling outside of Planned Parenthood threatening peaceful activists. This is not a partisan issue. If Sims were a Republican, I would condemn his behavior. If I were not pro-life, I would condemn his behavior.”
“Sims’ behavior makes it clear that he will do anything for a little attention, no matter how petty his antics. The irony is that Sims attacks these individuals for, in his words ‘shaming people for something that they have a constitutional right to do.’ Yet, he is doing the exact same thing: Sims is attempting to shame these individuals for exercising rights under the First Amendment.”
“Sims is a state representative from Philadelphia. His actions demonstrate that he is unfit to hold office anywhere in the city or state. I hope the voters – both Republicans and Democrats – remember this next time he runs for office, and vote this classless bully out.”
About Matt Wolfe: Matt Wolfe is a former Deputy Attorney General. He also served in the administration of Governor Tom Ridge as the Chief Counsel of the Department of Labor and Industry, which played a key role in helping Pennsylvania’s economy grow and attract new jobs. Before that he was Assistant Counsel at the Department of Transportation and he was appointed a Special Assistant District Attorney and Special Prosecutor in several counties. In Philadelphia, former District Attorney Ron Castille appointed him a Special Assistant District Attorney to represent the city to close down nuisance bars in his neighborhood. He helped close down the notorious Times Café and the Purple Fox. He also served with Sam Katz when Sam was on the School Board as a member of the Philadelphia School Board’s Task Force on Scholastics and Sports, which developed academic standards for public school students to meet in order to be eligible for sports and extracurricular activities.
Matt Wolfe has been a community activist in West Philadelphia since he was in college. He was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Spruce Hill Community Association, also serving as its Vice President. Matt has served as a member of the 18th Police District Neighborhood Advisory Committee and was Vice Chairman of the Woodland District of the Boy Scouts of America. He is active in his parish, St. Francis DeSales, and has served on the Parish Pastoral Council and as a Eucharistic Minister.
Matt Wolfe has been an active Republican since college, is the Chairman of the University City Republican Committee and has served his community for years as a ward leader and committeeman. Wolfe is a lawyer, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova Law School, practicing election law and has taught other lawyers in continuing education classes in the area. He currently maintains his own law office, understanding the challenges that a small business owners face. His law office is in West Philadelphia where he lives with his wife, Denise Furey. He has two adult sons, Jay and Ross.
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