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. tobstercon

    The ability to Lie is strong in politics, it is only when they are caught that the mask of humility surfaces. Why can't real honesty exist, why can't true selflessness be a driving force in our lives, these things can be accomplished regardless of religion.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay

    Next he'll be railing that gay marriage made him do it

    February 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Samson

    Ummm, who cares? Really who cares?!!! This is headline news?

    February 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • kburgoyne

      The picture itself isn't worthy of a headline. The fact that he resigned is worthy of a headline. The rest of the article simply explains WHY he resigned.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gerber

    Uhh, you put a picture up like that, you're trolling for gay men. Sorry...

    February 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dan

    I wonder if I can call him???? I need my house painted.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kburgoyne

    Let's see...

    "Republicans are fiscally responsible." - Strike THAT one from the list.

    "Republicans are the party of family values." - Strike THAT one from the list.

    Next...

    February 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dohh

    now thats what we call.. acting like a true American...

    February 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. iho

    I suspect that potential republican candidates for the 2012 election will start to drop off like flies after this story. Which is why no one has formally made a public announcement that they will run. They're too busy trying to hide all those skeletons in their closets. Infidelity and financial fraud just to name a few.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mary

    More proof money and power is a bad mixture in almost every case..

    February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    regardless if he's repug or dumbocrat...someone stupid enough to post for hookups on CL (and as a married congressman no less) and believe they would remain anonymous is just too stupid to have any type of political power

    February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank

    Some guys think with the stick!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • James W.

      And he actually thought that Craigslist ads will NOT be made public?! What was he thinking?! That's like planning your next bank robbery @ your local police station's conference room!!

      February 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snobuny

      Some guys? Ha ha ha Try most. This guy just ruined his career.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • aj

      nice bod, brains? – I think I'll pass...

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

      I have got to say I'm shocked. It was a male republican seeking WOMEN. Usually it's a closeted republican seeking men, lol.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. stejo

    I was expecting Saruman – what a disappointment...

    February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • phill

      Like!

      February 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I was expecting Count Dooku.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FlaCaneFan

    This guy is one of the Tea baggers

    February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrysty88

      I'll say... Look at those abs!

      February 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2saymore

      Tea party and nazi, KKK.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Watch your mouth boy.............

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

      It's true, I saw him bagging your father and daughter.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Another NAZI bites the dust..HAHAHAHA

    February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • max

      yeahh so true Dave.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisade

      LOL

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

      Yes.

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

      Really? Can't we get off of the hate speech by now?

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

    Eww.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
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