Pennsylvania lawmaker Brian Sims made headlines back in 2012 when he became the first openly gay man elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature. Now he’s looking to make history again by announcing his run for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.
“I have a lot of hope when I look at the people across the country that decided over these last number of years that they’d had enough. That they looked at a lack of leadership and thought that they could do better and oftentimes they’re right,” said Sims in his announcement video.
“These last 4 years have demanded a lot from a lot of us, and I’ve proven I won’t back down from challenges because there are Pennsylvanians who are worth struggling for,” Sims continued in a letter to supporters. “I want to bring visionary leadership based on lived experience and shared values to the office of Lieutenant Governor.”
John Fetterman, PA’s current Lt. Governor, has filed paperwork to run for Senate in 2022.
As NewNowNext previously reported, Sims made news last year when he delivered an impassioned tirade tearing down his Republican colleagues, who allegedly hid a confirmed case of COVID-19 from Democratic legislators. According to Sims, the state’s GOP was aware of the infected rep—yet lawmakers still gathered in person to legislate during the crisis, putting Sims and his colleagues at risk of exposure. He eventually called for a full investigation into the matter by the Pennsylvania state government.
Sims is also not afraid to call out the Trump administration. In 2018, he “welcomed” Vice President Mike Pence to Philadelphia by flipping him off on social media.
The out politician was recently a guest on Logo Live, telling host Johnny Sibilly what he thinks the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency will look like:
“We have to have a massive rethink, rehaul, rebuild, and refund of our criminal justice system,” Sims told Sibilly. “When that happens, we can start to look at all the other things that can change.”