Shannon Edwards, Linked To Tim Murphy Resignation, Didn’t File To Run

Mar 21, 2018

Shannon Edwards' name didn't appear in a Department of State listing of candidates filing to run for a U.S. House seat by Tuesday evening's deadline. 

Edwards says bad weather prevented her from filing paperwork on time to run for a U.S. House seat in Pittsburgh. A lawyer for Edwards said in a statement Wednesday evening that she'll seek a court order to get on the ballot for the Republican nomination in May 15's primary election.

Edwards announced last month that she'd seek the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pittsburgh. Candidacy requirements include submitting the signatures of 1,000 registered party voters from the district.

Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, an outspoken abortion-rights opponent and married eight-term Pennsylvania congressman, resigned in October after text messages obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested that he had wanted Edwards to get an abortion when the two thought she might be pregnant.

This post was updated at 7:55 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018.