PHILADELPHIA -- A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who has drawn criticism for a recording of himself berating a woman who was protesting abortion outside a Philadelphia clinic promised Tuesday to "do better."
"As an activist and an advocate, I know why pushing back against harassment and discrimination are a must, even when they're uncomfortable, but last week I wasn't a patient escort," Sims said, referring to a volunteer role he has performed in the past. "I was a neighbor and a concerned citizen and I was aggressive. I know that two wrongs don't make a right and I can do better and I will do better for the women of Pennsylvania."
The chairman of the state Republican Party, Val DiGiorgio, made public a letter he sent Tuesday to city, state and federal prosecutors, asking them to investigate what he called potentially criminal conduct in that video and another.
In the second video, Sims asked viewers to identify three young females he described as protesters and "pseudo Christians" outside the Planned Parenthood clinic. He offered a reward for the information, promising to donate $100 to Planned Parenthood.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney William McSwain declined to comment. A request for comment has been made with the state attorney general's office. A spokesman for the city district attorney said their office is reviewing the issue.
In the latest video, Sims said he has lived near the clinic for 15 years and served as a volunteer patient escort.
Sims, in Harrisburg for a legislative voting session, did not respond to several messages left over the past two days.
A senior Republican in the state House, Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor of York County, said Tuesday that Sims should apologize.
"Further I believe his actions warrant an investigation by the House Ethics Committee," Saylor said in a news release. "The actions taken by Rep. Sims are serious and are a concern to public safety."