PoliticsPA’s anonymous correspondent gives Brian Sims a down arrow because sore loser Babette Josephs is mounting a dead-end primary rematch against him.
It appears as though endorsing candidates against his Democratic colleagues in the House has come back to bite Sims. The Representative he unseated in the 2012 primary, Babette Josephs, has confirmed that she is coming back in 2014 to challenge him. Sims endorsed Jared Solomon over Rep. Mark Cohen and Billy Smith over Rep. Margo Davidson, in their races for reelection. There was some speculation that Cohen recruit Babette to run again, and he declined to comment. Sims narrowly beat her in 2012, becoming the first openly-gay elected representative in Pennsylvania history.
The key thing to understand about Sims is that he could have played it totally safe and cruised to reelection. But instead, he chose to use his power to actually do things, and when you try to do things in politics, you inevitably piss some people off.
If you look at the people who are pissed off at Brian, you see that it’s only people who don’t deserve to be in office anymore.
You have Mark Cohen, who writes 15,000 word Wikipedia entries about himself with more references than Barack Obama’s Wikipedia page, takes the most per-diems ever, and on rare occasions gives enough of a shit to tuck both shirt tails into his pants.
You have Margo Davidson, who sought endorsements from reproductive health and privacy groups and then stabbed them in the back voting for a “TRAP” law straight out of the NRLF bill factory that closed 5 women’s health clinics.
And you have Brendan Boyle, who’s the only candidate not to return campaign donations from the Ironworkers union accused of burning down a Quaker meeting house job site, which is about as old-school Philadelphia machine politician as you can get.
Brian Sims could have chosen not to make waves with these terrible candidates, but he’s actually about building next generation progressive power in southeast Pennsylvania, so he acted on his convictions and endorsed the best candidates in those primaries.
To a certain way of thinking, if he loses this primary he’ll get the biggest Down Arrow of all. The PoliticsPA borg is tacitly saying that the point of holding power is to hang onto power.
But if you think, as I do, that the point of having some power is to do something with it, and advance causes and candidates that you believe in, then dinging somebody for incurring some risk in the course of exercising their power doesn’t make any sense.