Earlier this week, text messages sent by U.S. Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania to the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair surfaced. The text messages showed that Murphy had urged the woman, who was pregnant with his child, to terminate the pregnancy by undergoing an abortion. As the woman pointed out in the text messages, Murphy had established himself as being staunchly against abortion throughout his political career. The news of Murphy’s hypocrisy was damaging, not surprisingly, and he announced Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek re-election in 2018. By Thursday, with the controversy refusing to abate, Murphy’s office announced that he was resigning and that his time in office will terminate as of October 21.
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