Just yesterday there was speculation over whether or not Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) would be able to recover from allegations of an extra-marital affair. Murphy, who spearheaded anti-abortion legislation after asking his mistress to abort their unborn child, had announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018.
After mulling it over for 24 hours, and after a nudge or two from fellow representatives, Murphy has revised his plans and offered his resignation, effective October 21. From Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:
‘This afternoon I received a letter of resignation from Congressman Tim Murphy, effective October 21. It was Dr. Murphy’s decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it.’
Murphy felt that he would be able to weather the storm caused by the scandal originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but fellow congressmen were doubtful. Murphy was also under fire for numerous problems within his own office, where office fighting, low morale, and overall poor treatment of people by Murphy has been causing strife. According to an inter-office memo titled “Office Conduct and Behavior: Harassment/Legal Compliance,” the office environment was described as abysmal and cited Murphy’s “hostile, erratic, unstable, angry, aggressive and abusive behavior.”
‘You were storming around as we walked in, and as we sat down for prep — having just arrived literally moments ago — you started in on the [legislative director] and verbally abused him, harassed him, chastised him and criticized all his work products. You called many of the work products that he literally gave up his weekend to produce as “useless.” You pushed other documents off the table onto the floor because they weren’t what you wanted. Then you got angry and demanded we find the documents that you had just thrown on the ground.’
After the report about the abuse of his employees surfaced in the Post-Gazette and the allegations of Murphy asking his mistress to get an abortion, many senior congressmen were concerned that the once popular politician would not be able to bounce back from the damage to his image. With his resignation comes the potential for Democrats to flip the seat next year as voters might be more inclined to select a person without a checkered history.
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