A Republican congressman and pro-life supporter says he's going to retire after reports he had an affair and asked his mistress to have an abortion.
Pennsylvania Representative Tim Murphy will not seek re-election next year. He said in the coming weeks he plans to take personal time to seek help as he and his family deal with this difficult time. The initial report by "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" cited text messages in which the woman involved in the extramarital affair, Shannon Edwards, criticized Murphy for his hypocrisy during a pregnancy scare.
The text says "you have zero issue posting your anti-abortion stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort your unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options." Murphy responded saying "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."
Murphy, who was a favorite among the pro-life movement, admitted to the affair with the psychologist four weeks ago. A document suggesting his staffers viewed him as an angry and erratic boss has also come to light.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette