N.Y. Congressman Christopher Lee resigns for misbehavior

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A New York congressman abruptly resigned his seat Wednesday, saying he was quitting because he regretted actions that have hurt his family and others.

New York Rep. Christopher Lee resigned immediately after he was caught trolling for dates on the Internet.

The gossip website Gawker reported Wednesday that Rep. Christopher Lee, a married two-term Republican lawmaker, had sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist.

Lee said in an e-mailed statement that his resignation was effective immediately. The statement offered no confirmation or details of a Craigslist posting.

“I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents,” Lee said. “I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.”

Added Lee: “The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately.”

An anonymous woman described as a 34-year-old Maryland resident and government employee provided Gawker with e-mails she said were an exchange between her and Lee in response to an ad she placed in the “Women Seeking Men” section of Craigslist.

Gawker reported that Lee identified himself as a divorced lobbyist and sent a photo of himself posing shirtless. The woman eventually broke off the contact with Lee after becoming suspicious that he had misrepresented himself, according to Gawker.

Lee served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was active on economic revitalization issues.

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Comments (4)
  1. JoAnn Blake says:

    Mike, Can I buy a Corrupt Authority T-shirt?

  2. Montana says:

    The party of “Family Values” my ass, more like the “Party of hypocrites”. Poor Christopher Lee, at least he resigned! What about Senator John Ensign (NV), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), and diaper boy Senator David Vitter (R-LA)! Too Funny!

  3. James says:

    You have to love our country, totally inverts reality and makes normal human behavior a perversion. The only perversion is religion and what it does to the human mind, more insidious then any other mental infection one can acquire. Totally turns you into an unthinking sheep…

    We are wired to fornicate, this is our prime directive encoded in our DNA, this guy was only doing what is perfectly
    normal for humans to engage in. In spite of religions Shackles and societies warped ideas.. This man is a perfectly normal human male, seeking to fornicate, and the ohhs and awes of how horrible he is… Americans … Bahhhhhh BaHHHHHH bAHHHHH H BAHHHHHHH Yeah you sheep.

  4. Maggie Neilson says:

    I love how he describes himself as “classy” but then he posts shirtless tacky pictures online…forget low class, that’s NO CLASS! Yuk anyway.

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