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. Jesse

    bahahaaha. What an idiot.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RPT

    what a pathetic, desperate person....and he is making decisions on our behalf...he needs mental help.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elliot Splitzer

    Looks like Parker has a new co host in the wings.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Please, someone tell me he lived in the C Street house. That would just put the icing on it!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carmel

      you are so right Dave – of course C Street never releases their member list so this will be interesting.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • l. davis

      The photo he took of himself and the 'ad' just doesn't look like something a women would find appealing..... just sayin'.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Deb

    Yeah, this guy was a lousy date.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sharon

    P90X commercial?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cheese

    He posted his *picture*?! Is he insane?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Becca

    What an Idiot! Put a fake picture..LOL

    February 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kathleen

    So is STUPIDITY now a requirement to be elected to political office?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • cas

      Yes, only if you represent the kind of people who believe that Faux News is "Fair & Balanced".

      February 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dave

    Oh no....since he resigned, now the poor man will lose his taxpayer funderd (that he fought against except for himself) health benefits. How will he ever afford health insurance with such a pre-existing condition (mental insanity). Good thing healthcare reform was passed huh.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jack

    When Bill Clinton did something like this, he lied about it repeatedly, and his Democrat buddies let him off the hook.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      While I'd agree that Dems are just as guilty of these issues, I think the point being made is that the GOP say they "stand" for family values.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carmel

      you're sort of missing the point dude. It's not that Dems don't do snarky things. It's that the Republican platform is family values yet these Republicans can't seem to keep their clothes on.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • zivo24

      And when Larry Craig got busted for trying to pick up guys in an airport men's room..he lied about it repeatedly and his republican buddies let him off the hook.

      It goes both ways and we could play that game all night long.

      The difference, of course, is that the taxpayers didn't get screwed with Ken Starr's $75 million dollar bill for carrying out a partisan hit on Larry Craig.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • candace

      lol@liberals playing the family values card. LIBERALS DO NOT STAND FOR FAMILY VALUES. They are perfectly fine with adultery so they need to shut up already with this phony outrage.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. anxiously awaiting

    oh, these republicans-when will they ever learn??? not to bash democrats because it always comes back to bite them in the a$$.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. W.N. Sanabria

    Arrogance? Hypocrisy? Stupidity? All of the above???

    February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ec1warc1

    Would there have been any controversy if he had done the personals ad in a business suit?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. us_asian

    What a bummer??

    Conservatives are consrevatives only in terms of their personal behaviour. Not in terms of the way how they conduct themselves in their day to day livelihood – what they buy, what they spend, do they really need what they buy... etc... so hypocritical. It's a long list of hypocritical behaviour from Larry Craig to to now Christopher Lee...
    What does the GOP talking head's ( Pinhead O'Rielly, Fatso LimbaugH,Junkie Beck, Delusion Hannity) have to talk about it????
    Ooooo I would love to hear from them???

    February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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