Murphy Scandal Shows 'Moral Rot' Bringing Down Social Conservatives, Charge Abortion Activists
Erin Matson, co-founder of the pro-choice group Reproaction, told PJM she wanted to be sure as many conservatives as possible knew about the scandal involving one of their own, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa).
That’s why she set up a banner outside the October Values Voter Summit in Washington that read, “Abortion: Not just for your mistress.”
“People were wincing and uncomfortable,” Matson said. “They know their leadership is full of sh*t and that they are not actually living their values.”
Murphy, a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, resigned from Congress a few days before the Values Voter Summit because he allegedly told his mistress, a psychologist, to have an abortion.
Murphy, a married father of one, was blindsided by a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story that detailed a series of text messages the congressman sent to his lover encouraging to her to end her pregnancy. He resigned from Congress a few days later.
Matson said it was very appropriate that she and her group’s members were able to talk to conservatives about the Murphy scandal as they were on their way into the Omni Shoreham Hotel to hear an address from President Trump.
“The fact that Donald Trump became president in spite of people knowing that he was bragging about sexual assault is an incredibly painful moment to this day for millions of women around the country,” Matson said. “And you saw that anger and grief and shock reflected in the women’s marches that happened the day after inauguration.”
Apart from her continuing anger over the fact that Trump has moved into the Oval Office, Matson said the Murphy scandal demonstrated rampant hypocrisy and moral decay within the pro-life and social conservative movements.
“Their moral rot is not just their hypocrisy,” Matson said. “It’s also that they say they’re pro-woman and stand behind a president who bragged about sexual assault, and that they say they’re pro-children and are blocking Medicaid expansion and taking away access to healthcare.”
“It’s gross, and we’ll keep calling it out until we win,” Matson added.
But Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told PJM the Murphy story actually highlighted a high degree of moral leadership among what Matson also referred to as the “radical right.”
“The public and political reaction to Murphy’s hypocrisy underscore the pro-life commitment to integrity. The pro-life community and the Republican leadership have called for Murphy to resign,” Staver said. “His moral failure meant he would not be re-elected.”
It is true that Republicans were universal in their condemnation of Murphy’s conduct.
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he was “extremely disappointed in the circumstances surrounding Congressman Murphy’s retirement.”
Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone (R), who expressed an interest in running to fill Murphy’s term in Congress, said that if everything he had heard was accurate then Murphy “has certainly disgraced the office.”