U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy has announced that he’ll not be seeking reelection by the end of his tenure as a lawmaker, amidst a cheating scandal he’s facing.
Murphy had admitted that he was in a relationship forensic psychologist Shannon Edwards. The news of their relationship first came to light during divorce proceedings between Edwards and her husband.
Murphy, who is a pro-life lawmaker, according to reports had asked Edwards to abort a pregnancy that followed their romance.
According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Murphy had urged Edwards to terminate her pregnancy. The paper quoted Edwards, in a text message to Murphy, as saying:
“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.”
In a statement announcing his intention to not seek reelection, Murphy said:
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.