Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee said in a statement shortly after Murphy announced his retirement that he remained confident the district would stay in GOP hands.
"I've spoken to Tim quite".
Murphy reportedly responded, "I get what you say about my March for life messages", and told her those messages were written by his staff and that he would write them going foward.
We have accomplished much in the past year through the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and there is much work yet to be done.
As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has continued to expose more lurid details and new scandals, Murphy, formerly a darling of the religious right, knew any future opponent's campaign ads would destroy him.
The revelation came as the House on Tuesday approved Republican legislation that would make it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of fetal development.
Edwards, it turned out, wasn't pregnant.
The affair came to light a month ago after a divorce proceeding involving Edwards and her husband was unsealed by a judge.
In a brief statement released via his office, Murphy said that he will now "take personal time to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties".
Murphy, a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, was among the bill's co-sponsors and voted for the measure.
Other documents seen by the newspaper suggest an unhappy working relationship in Murphy's office.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is empowered to set a date for a special election to fill the seat. The victor will fill the rest of Murphy's term. The district has been a safe Republican seat, with Republican Donald Trump beating Democrat Hillary Clinton by a margin of three-to-two in last November's presidential election.