By: Zack Duvall
Republican Pennsylvania Congressman, Tim Murphy, has announced this week that he will indeed resign after a swirling controversy that has many calling the House member a hypocrite on a key policy issue.
Murphy, who was first elected to office in 2003, has been under intense pressure to resign after texts from his alleged mistress surfaced in which he was pressuring her to seek an abortion to cover-up the affair.
The former congressman has publicly been fierce critic of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers over the practice, but is said to have “on numerous times” in private put pressure on the woman to “terminate” the pregnancy.
The decision is being addressed by major House Republicans, including speaker Ryan who has accepted Murphy’s resignation.
“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 years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer.” Ryan said in a statement on Thursday after Murphy announced his resignation.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is expected to set a date for a special election sometime in the near future, and that election could come as soon as January.
Democrats are not expected to make a strong showing in the conservative district that went overwhelmingly for Republicans in 2016 by over 20 points.
Murphy’s resignation is set to be effective starting October 21.