Rep. Christopher Lee resigns amid reports that he tried to meet women on Craigslist
February 9th, 2011
06:05 PM ET

Rep. Christopher Lee resigns amid reports that he tried to meet women on Craigslist

Rep. Christopher Lee , a New York Republican, has resigned after reports surfaced that the married congressman was trying to meet women on Craigslist, a GOP source told CNN.

Lee acknowledged making "profound mistakes" and said his decision to step down was voluntary.

"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," he said in a statement.

"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."

The allegations were first reported Wednesday afternoon on Gawker.

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  1. Tom

    Hey it could be worst He could have been trying to pick up guys in a airport mens room

    February 10, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    Man is a man....just because he wears a nice suit and is a public figure?

    February 10, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...stupid is as stupid

      February 10, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. FunnyGirl

    He is just like US!

    February 10, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark W

      You're right, he IS just like 'us'... Of course, when you lay claim to being of a higher 'moral calibre', the crash back to Earth is a sickening THUD.

      He could have kept his seat and just 'crossed the floor'.... ;-}

      February 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack

    He should have not resigned. That is his personal life and it it up to his family.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    I love how all Republicans say "Im about family values! THINK OF THE CHILDREN! GAYS ARE BAD PEOPLE!"

    And then behind everyones back they are repressed perverts?

    Also, you just know that if this was a church leader he would be looking for men.

    February 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wkh

    He darn well should resign. No one stupid enough to use a photo in a personal ad while catting around on their spouse should be running the country for goodness' sake!

    February 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. annie3200

    Yeah...real "classy" guy.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Montana

    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) and Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) the diaper boy! Too Funny!

    February 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
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