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. Rico Suave

    This guy is really an idiot. The reason I don't run for office myself is because I have done way too many things and slept with way too many ladies that it is bound to come out sooner or later. He is actually already a Congress man and is currently doing that....what an idiot.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Gotta love the under-eye circle makeup ... GAK!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tj

    Is it so much to ask that New York can go a whole year with out one of their congressmen NOT GETTING IN TROUBLE!! Honestly it is so annoying being a New Yorker to see this stuff.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. robert frost

    Bible says as an adulterer he should be executed by stoning. Oh, wait, does it only apply to female adulterer?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rippedabs

    P90X!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NickB5

    LOL What a dumb *ss.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Don

    'No one will recognize me on Craigslist!'

    February 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ???

      I bet he is thinking to himself 'Should have worn that Reagan mask'

      February 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. J.R.

    A republican pursuing women? Now that's newsworthy.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    Wonder where he goes to church. This reminds me of some of the nice churchy people I know. Holy, holy, holy – and then they get caught with their pants down in the red light district.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nancy

    What was he thinking? That PICTURE is AWFUL. The entire sorry matter........what a cliche.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. solowd

    Disregarding whether it's improper or whatever...

    How could he be so stupid? How could people vote for such an idiot?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kburgoyne

      But he was SUCH a good mindless ranter during the campaign - how could you resist voting for him! 🙂

      February 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richard

    How stupid can he be! Come on Craiglist! He thought he wouldn't get caught! I guess it's true! His was thinkiing with his DICK!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ThinkAgain

    I've been working hard all day with a heavy head cold ... decided to take a quick break before I chug down another couple glasses of water ... thought I'd check out the ol' CNN Ticker ...

    You guys just MADE MY DAY! I am laughing sooooooooo hard! 🙂

    February 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Stephen

    Values voters make strange choices.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anita

    What's he holding in his hands, and are you sure he was looking for woman?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It's a phone and I doubt it.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
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