When controversy strikes, people have a number of different ways of handling their problems. Sometimes, a situation gets too far out of hand, and drastic measures must be taken.
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) is one such example. According to The Washington Examiner, Murphy decided to put in his resignation letter to Congress this past Thursday. He decided to leave after court documents revealed that the GOP member had a mistress with whom he had a pregnancy scare while still married. When Murphy was afraid that his mistress was pregnant, he encouraged her to get an abortion — which didn’t sit well with anyone.
Rep. Murphy had previously stated that this would be his last term in Congress. It is hard to say what exactly prompted him to put in his resignation early.
His goal may have been to keep his case from being dragged through the mud in front of his family. If this is true, he likely wanted out before more embarrassing details came to light, leaving himself and his family open to criticism.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered the news to reporters Thursday in Maryland. In his statement to the press, he said, “It’s appropriate he moves on to the next chapter of his life, and I think he agrees with that.”
Murphy has held his seat in Congress since 2003. Many people were shocked to hear that he was not coming back, and doubly so when he put in his resignation. Ryan had more details regarding Murphy’s rapidly approaching departure date.
“This afternoon I received a letter of resignation from Congressman Tim Murphy, effective October 21,” Ryan said. The seat will likely remain empty until the elections roll around again.
“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,” Speaker Ryan concluded.
The controversy kicked into high gear early this year when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obtained a text from Shannon Edwards, the woman Murphy was having an affair with during his marriage.
Another leader resigns over a moral failure. Should these leaders handle their personal lives a little better, at least while they are in office?
Despite keeping a “pro-life” stance in Congress and in the eye of the public, the text revealed a more sinister intent on Murphy’s behalf. The text from Edwards said that 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.”
Both Murphy and Edwards have declined to comment specifically on the text messages. Murphy did express that some of his strong pro-life Facebook posts were written by his staff and not himself. In a text response to Edwards about the posts, Murphy said, “I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write anymore. I will.”
It seems realistic to believe that Murphy got caught up in the moment and said something that came back to haunt him. His decision to resign is key because he most likely ruined any chance he had of getting reelected in 2018.