Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), age 64, admitted to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he had an extramarital affair with a woman half his age, only after the paper sued to have the divorce records unsealed.
Murphy was asked to give a deposition in the divorce proceedings of Shannon Edwards, whom he reluctantly admitted to having an affair with. Edwards, and her husband Dr. Jesse Sally are divorcing, and Edwards is seeking alimony in the case.
A lawyer, Dorothy Wolbert said Murphy’s deposition is relevant because Dr. Sally “has the right to know what went on with this marital misconduct.”
Edward’s lawyer, Kenneth J. Horoho Jr., couldn’t understand why they needed to depose the Congressman. “Why do you need to depose him other than to harass him?” the lawyer asked. Horoho Jr. added, “They got the marital misconduct. They admit it.”
Addressing the judge in the case, Horoho Jr. said, “At some point, your honor, it does rise to the level of harassment and bad faith.”
The judge disagreed with Murphy’s lover’s lawyer and ordered his sworn statements by September 29. The judge also demanded all text and email communications between Congressman Murphy and Edwards.
It was only then, after the ruling, that Murphy admitted to the affair, and made a press statement. Murphy said, “Last year I became involved in an affair with a personal friend. This is nobody’s fault but my own, and I offer no excuses. To the extent that there should be any blame in this matter, it falls solely upon me.”
Murphy asked that the media respect his privacy and that of his family. The Pennsylvania Congressman has been in congress for eight terms, is still married and has an adult daughter.
Dr. Sally stated that his wife’s affair with the Congressman is what destroyed their marriage, and believes it started in February 2016.