Earlier this week, it was reported that Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) had allegedly urged his former mistress to get an abortion. This bombshell allegation came on the heels of Murphy admitting last month that he had an affair with the woman.
Of course, due to his pro-life and social conservative stances, the scandal over his affair and accusation that he asked his ex-mistress to get an abortion was likely going to have a major impact on Murphy’s political career. And he decided to address that today.
In a statement given to KDKA political editor Jon Delano, Murphy said that he would retire at the end of his current term:
“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.
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.
We have accomplished much in the past year through the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and there is much work yet to be done.
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.”
According to Delano, Murphy was given two choices by GOP leaders in Washington — either resign now or announce that he would retire at the end of his term. He chose the latter.
The woman Murphy was having an affair with at the time reportedly sent a text message to Murphy in which she told him: ”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 weekend when we thought that was one of the options.”
At the time, both of them thought she was pregnant. It would later turn out not to be the case.
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