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. ichi

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHHA.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. really

    Politicians are full of themselves...and stupid

    February 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. swschrad

    another "family friendly" Republican. this is getting old.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran glass

      i know, and they think my partner of 6 years and i are deviants because we are both women. I definitely haven't been trying to cheat on her with women off of the internet... :op

      February 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James

    I've always wondered how a "scandal" is only a "distraction" when they give up and quit. I don't know, shameful actions, uh, personal stupidity, maybe, but distraction?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Crazyskates

    Craigslist??? Awesome. He better sleep with one eye open...but he's a politician; it was only a matter of time.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hank

    i thought the GOP had a better source for mistresses than Craigslist.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Kav

      They're called interns.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nellie Bly

    Trolling for women online, tsk. What, were all the bars in town closed?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JH

    wow...what an idiot. He used email accts linked to his real facebook and rep position...AND he expect to not get caught....ahahhahaa.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fran glass

    ...did anyone else notice that it is always the social conservatives?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. roscoe

    He looks like Bill Henrickson on BIg Love....maybe he's practicing the principle and was looking for sister wives.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NYstater

    Here we go again another black eye for NYS, I bet he is not the only one doing this.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    Obvously some people cannot read he WAS married.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sallymander

    Giving up everything for a piece of tail. What a moron.

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

    At least he owned up to it immediately and did the right thing. After he got caught, but still.

    Whatever else people may think, I'd expect our elected leaders to be smart enough not to post personal ads with their own picture on craigslist. That's like putting party photos on facebook and being surprised when you get turned down for jobs.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. whatscam

    What a BOZO!!!!!!!!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
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