Woman in the affair, brought in ex-GOP Rep. Murphy announces house run

Shannon Edwards announces her candidacy for the U.S. house of representatives in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

(Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Pennsylvania psychologist, whose affair with the eight-term Congressman Tim Murphy led to his resignation, said on Wednesday that it is pursuing its own bid for the U.S. house of representatives.

Shannon Edwards, 33, explained that she is seeking the Republican nomination to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle.

Edwards’ candidacy was for the first time, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Murphy, an outspoken opponent of abortion, joined last October, according to the Post-Gazette reported that SMS suggested messages, he wanted to.Edwards to have an abortion, if she thought she could be pregnant

According to the paper, Edwards texted Murphy that he had “zero Problem posting your pro-life attitude, the all over the place, if you had no Problem asking me to abort our unborn child, just the last week, as we thought, was one of the options.”

An SMS-answer from Murphy ‘ s number, the staff said was responsible for his anti-abortion message: “I have never written. Staff makes. I read it and winced. I said the writing staff.”

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., was elected to Congress in 2002. He resigned last October.

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Murphy represented a neighboring district, is running Edwards. To fill a March 13 special election, for the unexpired part of Murphy’s term pits Democrat Conor Lamb against GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone.

Edwards Murphy met at a Congress in 2015, and then offered to work with him on legislation to improve how Medicaid reimburses psychiatric hospitals and to establish, monitor, an official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, such as mental health can be invested.

“We worked very closely on legislation, very much for my patients and customers. I can’t rewrite the past, and I don’t know what the other could, of course, went for it,” she told the Post-Gazette.

Murphy has been in Congress since 2002, back to the days entered after the newspaper for the first time openly about the texts. He apologized and asked that his family’s privacy.

Their affair became public during Edwards’ own divorce.

Edwards, a native of Cranberry, Pa., worked as a forensic psychologist with the family and criminal courts.

The Post-Gazette described Edwards as a former politically independent, is now a registered Republican.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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