Republican Rep. Tim Murphy announced yesterday that he would be retiring at the end of his term. The retirement came after a scandal over infidelity and abortion.
On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the 65-year-old had an affair. The rep, who is pro-life, reportedly asked his mistress to have an abortion.
Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that Murphy will be resigning from his position before his term is over. His resignation is effective October 21st, reported CNN.
"This afternoon I received a letter of resignation from Congressman Tim Murphy," Ryan said in the statement. "It was Dr. Murphy's decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it. We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer."
On Wednesday, Murphy announced his resignation. He said he had decided to spend more time with his family in the face of scandal.
"After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of my current term," said Murphy "... 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."
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers also commented on the retirement. He said that while they are disappointed by the circumstances of the retirement, the committee looks forward to working with Murphy’s successor.
"While I am extremely disappointed in the circumstances surrounding Congressman Murphy's retirement, I remain confident that PA-18 will remain under Republican control next year," said Stivers.
He continued, "I look forward to working with the eventual Republican nominee to ensure the district's conservative values are represented in Congress."
On Tuesday, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published text messages from the woman, who Murphy has admitted having an affair with.
The messages read as follows:
“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,” wrote the woman he had an affair with.
Murphy allegedly replied, "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."
In response to the scandal, the Family Research Council, a pro-life group that lists legislator’s voting records, released a statement.
"Congressman Murphy's behavior is disappointing and disturbing," said Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said in a statement. "His statements and actions are at odds with his own voting record. Inappropriate personal behavior has public ramifications-and in this case, clearly opens him up to charges of hypocrisy.”
He added, “For his own sake and those around him, our counsel would be for him to bring his behavior in line with his past voting record, not change his policy stance to reflect his wrong behavior."
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