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. True American

    this is the result of the depraved moral values crazy liberals are peddling every day.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • HM

      Liberals? He was Republican? I believe there is "crazy" on both sides of the aisle!

      February 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schuylermac

      Then why is it always conservatives who end up cheating on their wife or tapping on a police officers shoe in a public bathroom. Why are they always the exact opposite of what they say and think they are. You can say it is isolated but I see a pattern. That republicans are fooling 50% of the country and have been. They run on family values, though they don't respect them.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      How typical. A Republican does wrong and it's the fault of liberals.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus Allen

      nice troll! lol.

      February 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • vista

      Ouch. That must hurt – all that mental gymnastics to come up with a convoluted reason it wasn't a republican's fault. Even though the republican actually took personal responsibility for what he did.

      February 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mountaineer

      Another one bites the dust!

      February 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy Croom

      Oh, the need for a sarcasm font is so great....I nominate Comic Sans – most folks have it and it does have a sort-of-sarcastic look to it.

      February 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • SO TRUE


      February 10, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Davis

      Did anybody say he actually committed an act, other than "looking for"?? It's not like Bill Clinton, who actuall DID the dirty deed, and then LIED about it over and over and over. Dragged his Family & America though all that and didn't admit untill "the Dress" came out. Lee admitted, then bowed out. Let's see even ONE Dem do that.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Davis

      Oh, and while I'm at it, here is a tidbit of what NPR just printed. Enjoy, you self righteous Libs.
      Mr. Lee won his district, located in the western New York region, in 2008, when he ran in place of Thomas Reynolds, who announced his retirement.
      Last year, another New York Congressman, Eric J. Massa, a Democrat, resigned amid accusations that he had groped a male aide.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • bilston

      What the article DOESN'T say is that someone answered his ad: Sarah Palin.
      Meanwhile, yoo-hoo, Chrissie, Over here sweetie!

      February 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peter Cushing

    Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha... oh wait...Sorry, I only saw the headline.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NamVet

    The hypocrisy charge is flying because the Republicans consider that a crime. If Lee was a Democrat, this would be a ho-hum no-news incident, so much so that Gawker would not even have bothered with it. The wingnut whiners remind me of the speeding motorist with loud mufflers complaining about getting two tickets. When one wants attention, one frequently gets it in a method deserving of the red flag one was waving around.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mountaineer

      Right, with Impeachment hearings!

      February 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. germaine

    LMAO at all these left wing nuts espousing family values. That's rich.

    Key question is: Would a democrat have manned up, recognized his mistake, and resigned like Lee did? Not in a million years.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • really, son!!!

      he's a REPUBLICAN, please read the passage. " Rep. Christopher Lee , a New York Republican, " however, stupid comes is ALL forms

      February 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOLA

      Shoot, I don't even think we was trolling for WOMEN. I think there's more to this than meets the Republlcan eye...

      February 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kburgoyne

      It's amusing watching a bunch of conservatives who claim to be for "family values" fighting so hard to defend a guy who just trampled family values.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy Croom

      Recognized his mistake? Dude, he got caught.

      February 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chelsea

    How is it possible that the majority of political elected officials having overly-active libidos?

    February 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. really, son!!!

    wow, looks just like hat, no bat mask... just a really good pic of a congressman half naked. ashame

    February 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Georgia

    What is fox news aka false news channel saying about this, he probably was posting it for Sarah Palin. waht do you think?

    February 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • kburgoyne

      In reality Fox will try to claim that the "left wing media" (whatever that is) is trying to make too big a deal about it. Of course, if it had been a Democrat, every single Fox pundit would be bringing it up for at least a week or two.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdl51

      IF Fox reports this story, they'll probably put a small "d" next to his name and then claim it was a mistake later.

      February 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. david duryee

    another group of the family valued repubs we elected in Nov. Gonna be fun..........

    February 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      For those of you claiming that all republicans are immoral and that a dem would never do this I have 2 words: Bill Clinton

      February 10, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. germaine

    The so-called "hypocrisy" charge is consistent with inane liberal attempts to bash the GOP. It has about as much depth to it as the charge that Sarah Palin is responsible for a mentally ill individual shooting Gabrielle Giffords.

    Really, liberals are shameless.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merl10

      Actually, the hypocrisy charge sticks pretty well when you spend 2010 campaigning on being a great family man and then cheating on your wife in 2011, whether you are on the left or the right. Show a little honesty in your comments.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      Accusations of shamelessness from Republicans are pretty hollow considering that they are nearly devoid of any shame.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • vista

      You have no self-awareness.

      February 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SO TRUE

    blah blah blah same ole republican tune . . . . . I've sinned, forgive me, I will do better, blah blah blah

    February 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. david

    Germaine: Have u not heard of Ensing of Nev. or Vitter of La?

    February 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bleh

    I just hate hypocirsy. Therefore, I hate politics. It just seems that the Reps shout a whole lot louder when it's a dem doing the nasty. I'm not saying that any of this is right within any party; it just seems when the scandal involves one of their own, all of a sudden it's a "mistake", "it's his private life, doesn't affect anything". If it's a dem, it's "off with his head and out of the office, you un-christian he-ho!" Hypocrites all.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SO TRUE

    oh yeah, I almost forgot, family values . . . . . . . blah blah blah

    February 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Too-much-free-time thinker

    Y'see... like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, this guy is an ultra liberal undercover operative. They get themselves into positions of media focus or influence, then act crazy to make conservatives look like kooks.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Clearly Have Too Much Free Time

      Let's just say that he is what you say he is. Should we vote for the GOP if they've been so incompetent that they couldn't even keep their own house (RNC) clean? Add that on top of the claims that Obama is actually a Kenyan, and you'd be voting for people so incompetent, that they can't even get him removed by finding a single shred of evidence.
      Texas-$27B in the hole. RNC-$23M in the hole. I guess we can't vote for fiscal conservacy either.

      February 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. david

    There is another Family Value Rep. in Florida that will be resigning any day now...............

    February 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
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