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Embattled Republican Rep. Tim Murphy Will Not Seek Re-election


Anti-abortion Republican Congressman Tim Murphy, R-Penn., announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election to a ninth term.

Murphy has recently come under fire after a report said he asked a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair to get an abortion.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker, who is married to Nanette Missig, recently admitted to having an affair with his friend and forensic psychologist Shannon Edwards. The affair became public during Shannon's divorce proceedings with her husband.

"After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term," Murphy said in a statement.

He added, "I plan to spend my remaining months in office continuing my work as the national leader on mental health care reform, as well as issues affecting working families in southwestern Pennsylvania."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that it obtained text messages between Murphy and Edwards in which the pro-life advocate asked his mistress, who is half his age, to terminate a pregnancy.

Murphy is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus and voted in favor of a bill the House passed Tuesday that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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