PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) – A woman, whose affair with a married eight-term Pennsylvania congressman that led to his resignation, is now pursuing her own run for the U.S. House.
On Wednesday, 33-year-old Shannon Edwards announced she’s seeking the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pittsburgh.
“Not only are we not providing enough treatment, we are not providing enough insight into why and what our neighborhoods need,” Edwards said during her candidacy announcement.
Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, an outspoken opponent of abortion rights, resigned in October after text messages obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested that he wanted Edwards to get an abortion when they thought she might be pregnant.
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A special election to fill Murphy’s seat will be held March 13. Edwards is running in a neighboring congressional district.
Edwards tells the newspaper she doesn’t regret her relationship with Murphy.
The two are both psychologists, and their affair became public during Edwards’ own divorce proceedings.
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