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BREAKING: Rep. Tim Murphy Resigns From Congress After Allegedly Asking Mistress To Have Abortion

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Thursday, Representative Tim Murphy told House leaders he will resign from Congress later this month, a day after the eight-term Pennsylvania Republican announced that he would not seek another term amid a personal scandal.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) says he had received a letter of resignation from Murphy, where he plans to resign October 21. Ryan saying:

“It was Dr. Murphy’s decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it. We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer… I’ve spoken with Tim quite a bit last couple of days. I think it’s appropriate that he moves on to the next chapter of his life. And I think he agrees with that.”

Murphy’s resignation comes after a news report claiming that the 65-year-old married Republican and clinical psychologist, asked a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair to get an abortion. Wednesday in a statement, Murphy wrote:

“After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term.”

Murphy was first elected to the House in November 2002, but this past September, he admitted to having an affair with Shannon Edwards, a woman half his age, which dealt a blow to his reelection prospects in 2018.

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In a January 25 text message, Edwards said Murphy had:

“Zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options.”

Murphy’s cellphone number that same day responded to Edwards saying his staff was responsible for the anti-abortion messages texting:

“I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”

Murphy, a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, was a co-sponsor of a Republican bill approved Tuesday that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of fetal development.

 

Murphy represents a district in Pennsylvania’s southwestern corner that is filled with Republican blood, having an 11-point GOP lean. In the 2016 presidential election, the district voted for Trump by 19 points over Hillary Clinton, 58 to 39.

Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says:

“Murphy’s district is a reliable Republican stronghold, but the grass-roots energy behind Democrats has proven powerful this year, and we will be closely tracking this district and special election.”

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