Pennsylvania congressman Tim Murphy to resign

Saturday, 07 Oct, 2017

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., has resigned effective October 21, amid revelations of an extramarital affair in which the anti-abortion lawmaker urged his mistress to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he received Murphy's resignation letter Thursday afternoon.

According to the Post-Gazette, divorce records for the woman, forensic psychologist Shannon Edwards, show that the Congressman apparently texted her in January to get an abortion amid a pregnancy scare.

Edwards's pregnancy was reported to be a false alarm.

The conservative politician had been a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, once receiving a 92 per cent score from the conservative Family Research Council, which opposes abortion.

The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, where Democratic blocking tactics could derail it. His office has had an nearly 100 percent staff turnover this year.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette additionally uncovered that Murphy's head of staff had composed a six-page update reporting a lethal workplace the official made for his representatives.

Initially, Murphy announced he would merely retire from Congress when his current term expires in 2018.

But his soon-to-be-vacant seat is now attracting the attention of Republicans. With Murphy's departure now imminent, others are expected to follow. The district, comprising much of suburban Pittsburgh as well parts of coal country, has trended increasingly Republican in recent years and Trump won it in 2016 by nearly 20 points. Reschenthaler was elected to the state senate in 2015 after serving as a prosecutor in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. The party believed an ethics probe into Murphy's conduct was likely, a pesky bit of political theater that his early exit allows them to avoid. Mikus later said in an interview Thursday morning that the quick announcement was in "poor taste" and that Reschenthaler should have waited longer.

"Obviously, it changes a great deal", he said.

State Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, has said that he would consider running for the seat even though he is now a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2018 U.S. Senate race. Murphy's office refused to comment on the matter. "Then, this past summer, his attorney filed a request with the courts to depose Mr. Murphy as part of that court action", the paper said. "That is why I am running for Congress". "You saw with what happened to Murphy".

An anti-abortion Republican congressman has announced will not seek re-election at the end of his term, after it emerged that he urged a woman with whom he was having an affair to have an abortion. "They have done nothing wrong and deserve to be left alone". "I know we can do better". "Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District is a reliable Republican stronghold, but the grassroots energy behind Democrats has proven powerful this year, and we will be closely tracking this district and special election", DCCC Communications Director Meredith Kelly said in a statement. To see more, visit 90.5 WESA.