GOP Rep. Tim Murphy to resign from House amid affair scandal

Gladys Abbott
October 9, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed he had received Mr Murphy's letter of resignation on Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy on Thursday resigned his seat effective October 21 amid a scandal involving an extramarital affair and, most damaging to the anti-abortion lawmaker, texts showing he urged his married mistress to consider an abortion.

According to a series of text messages obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Murphy was asking his mistress to have an abortion earlier this year.

Numerous former staffers told Politico that Murphy's longtime chief of staff Susan Mosychuk had harassed and verbally abused them in the office, causing an extremely high turnover rate that raised suspicions among House colleagues and offices.

Murphy's resignation follows a report by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week detailing what it said were text messages between the congressman and a young woman.

"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", he wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

Neither Murphy nor his office has commented on the newspaper report.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said that he looks forward to working with Murphy's eventual successor.

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Murphy's resignation would leave the 18th Congressional District, which sprawls across four southwestern Pennsylvania counties, without representation until a special election is held. What's not clear right now is whether the people of Pennsylvania will replace him with someone less hypocritical - or someone who believes women are capable of making that decision for themselves.

A response from Murphy's phone seemed to distance the congressman, a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, from the pro-life movement he has championed. "I've never written them", he is said to have replied.

The embattled congressman was under enormous pressure from GOP leaders to resign Wednesday, according to a source close to Murphy - and that pressure only increased after he announced plans to retire after finishing out his term. The mistress had taken issue with anti-abortion posts on Murphy's Facebook page.

The couple's text message exchanges reported by the US media showed Murphy had asked the woman to abort their unborn child.

In his retirement announcement, Murphy said he's taking time in the coming weeks to seek help and asked for privacy for him and his family.

Murphy represents a district in southwest Pittsburgh that is solidly Republican.

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? Murphy is a co-sponsor of the bill that imposes a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

At least three Democrats had already filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission disclosing their desire to challenge Murphy next year, and one Republican, state representative Rick Saccone of Elizabeth, openly expressed interest in the seat on Wednesday.

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