A Pennsylvania lawmaker announced Wednesday that when his term comes to a close, he is going to “retire” from his position. This may not come as a surprise due to some of the scandalous missteps leading up to his decision.
The resignation of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), effective Oct. 21 (via The Hill), came as a result of his involvement with forensic psychologist Shannon Edwards. Murphy, who has spoken from a pro-life point of view while in Congress, seems to have different personal beliefs. According to Politico, leaked text messages revealed that during the affair, Murphy suggested that Edwards get an abortion.
The news of the affair slowly started to come to light after Edwards attended her divorce proceedings following separation from her husband. Since that time, Murphy has received serious backlash.
The Pennsylvania lawmaker did take some time to meet with important people from the GOP before his announcement. Reports show that he met with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) as well as GOP members Bill Shuster and Charlie Dent.
“After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of my current term,” Murphy announced in his statement. Perhaps this is the right choice considering the hypocritical situation he is currently facing.
Murphy’s scandal brings to mind the saying that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. It is irresponsible to publicly stand for valuing the life of babies who are unable to defend themselves while in the same breath telling your secret mistress that she should get an abortion.
Even Edwards pointed out the hypocrisy in one of the leaked text messages: “And 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.”
Now, he is in a place where recovery is all but impossible. He has been exposed to the people in his party, as well as the rest of the country.
“I plan to spend my remaining months in office continuing my work as the national leader on mental health care reform, as well as issues affecting working families in southwestern Pennsylvania.” Murphy’s statement continued. It sounds like he is purposely distancing himself from the idea that he is going to be concerning himself with anything centered around abortion.
He did, however, allude to the situation in his press release. Alluding to his mistake is better than pretending it didn’t happen, but that certainly won’t score him points with any of his fellow GOP members or voters.
Don’t look at what they say – look at what they do. Convictions are easy until they are challenged by reality. Agree?
Murphy explained: “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.”
Since news of the scandal broke, it has been a hot topic among lawmakers in Washington. Many have suggested — privately — that Murphy needs to step down and “resign” after his text messages were leaked.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pointed out that Edwards and Murphy were in the midst of a pregnancy scare as opposed to an actual pregnancy when the remarks were made. Pregnant or not, it does not matter much to the people who watched Murphy quickly cave under his own “values” when his personal situation became difficult.