Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: A family values, “pro-life” Republican Christian righter has a sterling anti-choice record in Congress, then gets caught having an affair and urging his mistress to have an abortion when she becomes pregnant. No, not Scott DesJarlais this time, but Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania.
A text message sent in January to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy by a woman with whom he had an extra-marital relationship took him to task for an anti-abortion statement posted on Facebook from his office’s public account.
“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,” Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom the congressman admitted last month to having a relationship, wrote to Mr. Murphy on Jan. 25, in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare.A text from Mr. Murphy’s cell phone number that same day in response says, “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.”
As if that’s the only reason he’s being a hypocrite, because his staff put out a statement contradicting his actions. Nice try. As the article notes, anti-choice groups like the Family Research Council have applauded his “pro-life” positions and he has been endorsed by anti-choice PACs. He’s even a member of the House Pro-life Caucus, because you know it’s all about Jesus and faith and family….and screwing around on your wife, thinking (falsely) that you got your mistress pregnant and deciding that maybe abortion isn’t such a bad idea after all. Praise the lord and pass the irony!
The affair came to light in the divorce of his mistress from her husband and Murphy is scheduled to be deposed in that case soon, which means many more salacious details are likely to come out. I love the smell of self-righteous hypocrisy in the morning.