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Former Rep. Murphy Throws Money Into Race in His Former District

Disgraced former congressman has continued to contribute to Pennsylvania Republicans

Former Rep. Tim Murphy contributed to a super PAC backing a candidate in the Republican primary to represent parts of his old Pennsylvania district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Disgraced former Republican Rep. Tim Murphy is throwing money behind a Republican to represent parts of his old district.

Federal filings show Murphy is backing state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Murphy’s campaign committee contributed $200,000 last month to Conservatives for PA, a new super PAC that has spent about $115,000 on promoting Reschenthaler and opposing his primary opponent state Rep. Rick Saccone, who lost in a special election to Democrat Conor Lamb to fill Murphy’s seat in March.

Murphy resigned last year after it was revealed he pushed a woman with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion despite selling himself as an anti-abortion Republican.

Murphy confirmed to the Tribune-Review that he was backing Reschenthaler.

“I think (Reschenthaler) connects much more with a wide range of people and recognizes that this is a district that is still dominated by registration by Democrats,” he said.

“They need someone who can have the conservative credentials but still win. And I do not see  Saccone as being able to do that,” Murphy said.

Saccone criticized the super PAC and said Murphy’s money was used to “send out false negative ads against me, desperately trying to besmirch my military service, my record and my support to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania.”

During his campaign for Murphy’s seat, Saccone distanced himself from a contribution Murphy gave to Westmoreland County’s Republican committee.

Murphy has continued to use his campaign committee’s leftover cash to help Republicans in elections since his resignation.

Reschenthaler did not respond to request for comment from the Tribune-Review.

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