He wants to resign and spend time with his family
When a politician adamant about passing unpopular laws gets caught trying to circumvent the very laws that he was trying to put on the books, his entire career gets called into question. His character is examined. His name is (rightfully) tarnished. Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania has resigned after a particularly terrible scandal rocked his relationship with his constituents, his colleagues, and his family.
Congressman Tim Murphy will no longer hold his position after October 21. He said in a statement:
“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. In the coming weeks I will take personal time to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties and seek healing. I ask you to respect our privacy during this time
House Speaker Paul Ryan added, “It was Dr. Murphy’s decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it.”
Rep. Murphy was well-known in the House for his work trying to pass pro-life laws; he sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that bans abortions after 20 weeks except in cases of rape or incest. When the bill passed the House in January, Murphy said, “We’ve had great victories to protect the sanctity of life in the first weeks of this New Year!” It still has to pass in the Senate to become law.
As adamant as Murphy seemed about making abortions illegal, when his mistress believed she was pregnant, he told her that she should probably abort the fetus. Shannon Edwards replied to his request for the abortion on January 25: “You have 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.”
A text message came back from his phone number saying, “I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more.”
Shannon Edwards was appalled by Murphy, and she sent their text exchange to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Not only did Ms. Edwards have to deal with the hypocritical nature of Dr. Murphy, his staff outed him to the media as well. A memo sent to the Post-Gazette written by Murphy’s Chief of Staff Susan Mosychuk details his “ongoing and ever more pronounced pattern of sustained inappropriate behavior.”
The memo states in part:
“You were storming around as we walked in, and as we sat down for prep — having just arrived literally moments ago — you started in on the [legislative director] and verbally abused him, harassed him, chastised him and criticized all his work products. You called many of the work products that he literally gave up his weekend to produce as ‘useless.’ You pushed other documents off the table onto the floor because they weren’t what you wanted. Then you got angry and demanded we find the documents that you had just thrown on the ground.”
The memo also said that Murphy drove while texting and watching YouTube videos.
Though Dr. Murphy did not break the law, his suggestion that his mistress get an abortion could have gotten her arrested if she went through with it in a world where his own law was on the books. Do you feel that Dr. Murphy’s behavior is widespread in Washington D.C.? Let us know what you think in the comments and SHARE this story!