One of the main issues many have with the Republican party is the blatant hypocrisy they are caught up in sometimes when it comes to their own personal lives. When they tout family and Christian values, it’s sadly funny to watch as reality is realized when their personal lives come back to haunt them. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) may be getting a dose of that hypocrisy as the chickens come home to roost for him and his political career.
The lawmaker is well known for his pro-life stances and is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus. He’s also endorsed by the Family Research Council. In a shocking text message obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he may have suggested to his mistress to have an abortion after she expressed concerns about being pregnant. His mistress, Shannon Edwards, called him out on the suggestion and the hypocrisy behind it in the text message.
‘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.’
The text message was sent to Murphy on January 25. In a response to Edwards, he wrote back:
‘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 other records obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, they found complaints from staff that they were exposed to “hostile, erratic, unstable, angry, aggressive and abusive behavior.” The documents also revealed he had a high staff turnover rate in his office.
There are two alarming aspects to this recent revelation. The first is that Murphy obviously considers himself above his own beliefs and possibly the law. If strict anti-abortion measures were in place, would he have done anything to seek an abortion with his mistress? It’s easy to assume so because Murphy already was suggesting an abortion despite his touted beliefs. The beliefs he holds are measures he wants to apply to millions of women across the country. However, when he was the man caught in a sticky situation, he was ready to bail.
Furthermore, at heart is his language in the text message. When he wrote, “I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced,” what exactly does that mean? Does that mean he doesn’t necessarily believe strongly in anti-abortion measures? If so, that means he spouts off at the mouth about deeply-held convictions, yet he doesn’t really feel them. Therefore, he’s simply pandering to his Republican constituency in a bid to retain a seat in Congress. So can his Republican base actually trust him to enact their own beliefs? If not, you can’t blame them.
Murphy admitted to the affair with Edwards in September saying:
‘Last year I became involved in an affair with a personal friend. This is nobody’s fault but my own, and I offer no excuses. To the extent that there should be any blame in this matter, it falls solely upon me.’
Murphy’s wife has since filed for divorce. His office has offered no comments regarding the revelations.
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