Congressman Christopher Lee resigns amid Craigslist scandal
Republican Christopher Lee, married congressman from upstate New York reportedly resigned unexpectedly Wednesday following a scandal that surfaced over emails.
It was a shirtless photo supposedly sent to a woman in response to a Craigslist dating ad.
He was just about to start his second term representing New York’s 26th District. Just hours after the scandal broke on Gawker.com, Lee made an announcement that he was quitting Congress, and a clerk read his letter of resignation on the House floor.
In a statement, Lee said:
"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. 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.
"The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, and so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately."
How it started?
Gawker reported that a Maryland woman had sent in emails supposedly written by Lee in response to a dating ad that she had placed on Craigslist. Gawker said the ad had asked: "Will someone prove to me not all CL men look like toads?"
In answer, came emails from a man representing himself as a divorced lobbyist younger than Lee’s actual age of 46. The woman responded.
Meanwhile, the decision to resign came from Mr. Lee