Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, U.S. Congressman representing Pennsylvania’s 18th District, admitted to having an extramarital affair with Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh. Now evidence shows he also urged Edwards to get an abortion, in spite of his public pro-life stance.
While an extramarital affair is likely damaging to a politician’s career, especially a conservative congressman, many people might still be forgiving. Voters might even choose to move on if the individual had been a good leader up to that point, or expressed ample remorse.
What people are not so willing to forgive, however, is blatant hypocrisy, especially on what many consider a top issue when they go to vote. Abortion is such a heated political issue, that some who might actually be Democrats have switched their votes to Republican because they can’t in good conscience support candidates in favor of abortion.
“A text message sent in January to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy by a woman with whom he had an extra-marital relationship took him to task for an anti-abortion statement posted on Facebook from his office’s public account,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“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,” Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom the congressman admitted last month to having a relationship, wrote to Mr. Murphy on Jan. 25, in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare.
A text from Mr. Murphy’s cell phone number that same day in response says, “I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”
The internet is not being kind to Rep. Murphy over this, and many comments on Twitter and Facebook are damning. On first glance, it even appears someone hacked Rep. Murphy’s Facebook, because it shows his photo with an insulting description beside it. It’s not a hack, however. Someone just made use of Facebook’s tagging feature in a creative way. Murphy’s staff (apparently) hasn’t seen it yet.
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported other alleged problems with Rep. Murphy, including a six-page memo by his chief of staff describing a “hostile workplace in which Mr. Murphy repeatedly denigrated employees, threatened them and created a state of terror.”