Tim Murphy (R) Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, resigning on 10/21 after an admitted scandal.
Murphy, 65, who is married with children, admits to having a relationship with 32-year-old Shannon Edwards, a Forensic Psychologist from Pittsburgh. The scandal unfolded when the Pittsburgh Post Gazette posted an article publishing text messages exchanged between the Congressman, who claims to be anti-abortion, and his mistress after she said she was pregnant with his child.
One of those texts from Edwards stated, “…posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week.”
To which his response was, “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. I will.”
The pregnancy turned out to be a false alarm, but by then, the damage was already done. Murphy put in his resignation and released a statement saying he would not run for re-election. His website is taken down and the page automatically redirects to clerk.house.gov.
Governor Tom Wolf released a decree of special election to fill Murphy’s seat for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District; that election scheduled for 3/13/18. The 18th District includes Allegheny, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties.