By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
A Pennsylvania mother is speaking out against an embattled state lawmaker’s attempt to run for higher office in the wake of a national doxxing scandal. (To “doxx” is to publicly release personal information about a private citizen.)
In an interview with Fox News, Ashley Garecht says Democrat state Rep. Brian Sims of Philadelphia has no business running for Lieutenant Governor after he harassed and tried to intimate her teenage daughters and a friend outside a Planned Parenthood facility in 2019.
The girls were exercising their First Amendment rights, praying peacefully outside the abortion center, when Sims began taking a video of them. He later posted the video on the Internet, offering money to anyone who would provide their names, addresses, and other identifying information.
In his announcement video for his candidacy for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor, Sims said, “I think every day about the values my Army officer parents instilled in me. To take responsibility, to show empathy, to have courage and to be authentic. I want to put those values in the direct service of the Commonwealth.”
But Garecht says no empathy was on display when Sims tried to doxx her daughters (who were 15 and 13, at the time) and their friend.
“He was not empathetic. He was insulting and derisive,” Garecht said in an interview with Fox News.
Fox News’ Evie Fordham reported that “Sims, a Democrat, faced backlash in 2019 for harassing an older woman and offering $100 to anyone who doxed three teen girls, including Garecht’s daughters, praying outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood,”
An estimated crowd of more than a thousand people protested Sims’ outrageous behavior at a rally outside the Philadelphia Planned Parenthood in 2019 [https://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/2019/05/1000-pro-lifers-rally-against-pro-abortion-bullying]. Organizers called on Sims to resign his seat in the state legislature, which he refused to do. Sims quickly apologized to Planned Parenthood for the scandal, but Garecht said it took ten months for him to send a postcard to the Garecht family. [https://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/2019/10/months-after-live-streaming-his-harassment-of-a-mother-and-three-teenage-girls-pro-abortion-pennsylvania-state-rep-sends-private-letter-of-apology]. Garecht says she does not consider the mailing to be a genuine apology.
“He has never taken responsibility. He did not show courage. He was a coward,” Garecht told Fox News.