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. Hadi

    So much for Family Values.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shawn

    At least it Wasn't a man

    February 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HAPU

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joel

    The problem is, is that the people that we elect to represent us should be held to a higher standard than anyone else. It is morally unethical.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard

    ...sooooo naughty!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • gadsby

      But fit. And shirtless but classy.

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

    At least it wasn't a man!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dr. Bombay

    Typical Repugnikkkan

    February 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeremy

    The issue is this married man has a history of trying to legislate with a moral agenda, when clearly he has questionable morals himself. Yet another hypocrite.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Trolleyfish

    Conservative family values.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    I am a Democrat and I don't have much love for the GOP or their ideas. And I need to ask: what is the problem? Christopher Lee didn't break any law or did anything wrong. If he wish to meet women on the internet in his free time, that is his inalienable right. Whatever Lee's political views are (I don't even know), they should be challenged on merit in an election. His resignation sends all the wrong messages to the US political process.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran glass

      the problem is with his ridiculous conservative "family values" vs. his actual lifestyle.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJOHN

      You don't see anything wrong with cheating on your wife?

      February 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim J

      Likely much more to the story than just the pictures and posting on the dating site.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dina

    The article states he is married. I have to question how this married man in a position as a public servant thought no one would put two and two together? Really? It may not be a crime or illegal, but it certainly displays really poor judgement.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mary

    Any mention of "tickle fights" in his C-List post ?

    Seems to be a NY state thing.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fred

    Who cares about his personal life! We should care if he's able to do his job and uphold his political promises!

    If we gave a damn about the issues as much as we gave a damn about a politician's love life, we'd have a much better country to live in.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Russ

    Does one get STUPID when one becomes a politician?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cab

    Wow, these witch hunts are getting out of control.

    I could care less what or who this guy does on his own time.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      u sound like a butthurt republican

      February 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I'd argue that elected leaders should be held to higher ethical standards, especially if they preach those values themselves. Nobody wants a hypocrite leading them.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • skipfrmdc

      ...then don't complain when he double crosses you like he did his family.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      If he wasn't out telling other people what to do with their private live, I wonder where he stood on gay marriage? Its kind of hard to be do as I say not as i do politician.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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