I promise that I don’t wake up every morning and decide before my feet even hit the ground that I am going to go in search of crazy people in Pennsylvania to write about. They just drop so blatantly onto my radar. I try to push them aside, for it does seem that I pick on Pennsylvania more than any other single state. I push them aside, but they keep coming back onto the radar screen, begging for my attention. My friend Herb lives in Pennsylvania, and he refers to the majority of them as Pennsyl-tuckians. Perhaps he has something there. So, who’s under the gun today?
Meet Shannon Edwards. Shannon is a republican (go figure) and is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Edwards is also the woman with whom Representative … former Representative … Tim Murphy was having an affair. And oh yes, one more minor detail … Ms. Edwards threatened to kill her husband.
Congressman Tim Murphy had frequently spoken out against abortion … a regular right-winger standing firm in his sanctimonious ‘pro-life’ views. But, when as a result of an extra-marital affair with Shannon Edwards, she became pregnant with, presumably, his child, he urged her to have an abortion! The very thing he allegedly stood strongly against. Ms. Edwards texted the following …
“You have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last weekend when we thought that was one of the options.”
Murphy stepped down from his seat in the House on 21 October 2017, and it was later discovered that Ms. Edwards was not pregnant after all.
And the real kicker … in 2016, Edwards’ husband, Jesse Sally, sought a restraining order against her on the grounds that she had made multiple threats to kill him, including saying she would use a steak knife or hire a hit man.
“In a petition seeking a restraining order dated Oct. 31, 2016, Sally wrote that Edwards had arrived home about 10:30 p.m. after drinking alcohol with neighbors and grabbed his head and pushed it into a pillow. He said he left the room and she followed him around the house. When he returned to the bedroom, she put her face “inches away” from his face and told him, “I’m going to kill you,” according to the petition, which said the two were living in the same house in Mt. Washington but sleeping in separate bedrooms. She had made the threat on multiple occasions, and three months earlier told Sally she would kill him in his sleep with a steak knife, according to the petition. “She then said she would just use a steak knife to the heart or hire a hit man,” he wrote.” – TribLive
I … words fail me. To think that this woman now has the unmitigated gall to seek to serve in the U.S. Congress??? A judge, by the way, did grant a temporary protection-from-abuse (PFA) order against Edwards on Nov. 1, 2016.
Oh … a couple of other tidbits about Ms. Edwards. She is a forensic psychologist who has worked for criminal and family courts. And … wait for it … in the 1990s, she went door-to-door with a petition to protest the cancellation of television sitcom Full House. Of course, she was only 10-years-old at the time, but she currently points to that as evidence of her long-term ‘social advocacy’.
The primary for District 14 will be held on May 15th, and thus far, no other candidate has filed. Now, here’s a twist … because, as I wrote last week, the courts have re-drawn the Pennsylvania congressional district maps to remedy the previous gerrymandered maps. Assuming the court-ordered re-districting takes place, Edwards could actually end up running in the republican primary against another highly unsuitable candidate about whom I have written, Rick Saccone. You see what I mean about Pennsylvania? It must be something in the drinking water! Thankfully, Herb drinks only distilled water!
The good news is that the incumbent for the seat is a democrat, Michael Doyle, who has held a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995, and is likely to be a shoe-in against either Saccone or Edwards. Especially given the fact that, according to BallotPedia, Doyle has $285,000+ in his campaign coffers, and Edwards has $630 that she has accumulated in a GoFundMe account. I suppose we should be thankful that the GOP seems to be full of clowns.