Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania publicly confessed to having an extramarital affair on Wednesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The full-time congressman and part-time homewrecker admitted to scandalous relations with a “personal friend” exactly half his age, as his affair was uncovered when the divorce case of 32-year-old Shannon Edwards was unsealed. The two met when Edwards was helping the congressman on one of his bills — their salacious relationship allegedly began in early 2016.
The affair was made public after the Post-Gazette received a court order allowing for the unsealing of divorce information between Edwards and her soon-to-be ex-husband. Murphy’s lawyer reportedly took objection to this, claiming this information would just be used to “harass him” — the judge ultimately sided with the First Amendment.
“Last year I became involved in an affair with a personal friend… This is nobody’s fault but my own, and I offer no excuses. To the extent that there should be any blame in this matter, it falls solely upon me… I ask the media to respect the privacy of my family. They have done nothing wrong and deserve to be left alone,” said Murphy in a statement per his lawyer.
The 64-year-old congressman has served in the House since 2003 and is now in his eighth term.
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