NY Rep. Abruptly Resigns After Frisky E-Mails, Photo Published

Chris Lee is officially no longer a Congressman.  The New York Republican, formerly representing the 26th district, resigned his office Wednesday (Read Lee’s statement, below) after GAWKER published a report detailing an e-mail exchange that began when Lee responded to a Craigslist personal ad.

From Maureen O’Connor’s Feb. 9 GAWKER piece:

On the morning of Friday, January 14, a single 34-year-old woman put an ad in the “Women for Men” section of Craigslist personals. “Will someone prove to me not all CL men look like toads?” she asked, inviting “financially & emotionally secure” men to reply.

That afternoon, a man named Christopher Lee replied…

By email, Lee identified himself as a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist and sent a PG picture to the woman from the ad. (In fact, Lee is married and has one son with his wife. He’s also 46.)


Their exchange was brief, cut short when the woman Googled her respondent’s name.  Upon discovering that Lee was neither a lobbyist, nor divorced, she forwarded the e-mails to GAWKER.  There you’ll find the self-taken photograph of the New York Congressman standing shirtless and subtly flexed along with the full-text of the correspondence.

What’s remarkable, here, is not the photo or the “relatively banal” e-mails.  Rather, it’s how quickly we went from the story breaking to the announcement of Lee’s resignation – all within a single afternoon. 

Republican leadership must have been pleased with the speed of Lee’s departure.  Now they can get on with finding someone to run for his seat.

The date for the special election has yet to be determined but the GOP leaders needn’t fret.  New York’s 26th district is solidly Republican, and, though it’s embarrassing (or humorous, depending on your perspective), Lee’s indiscretion isn’t likely to change that.

Here’s Lee’s statement to his constituents, via YNN:

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.

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.

Here’s video of Lee’s resignation being read on the House floor, via TPM:



Robby C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Jay P- my 1st reply was added accidentally while trying to edit. Here's the rest of my real reply. BTW- I don't CARE WHAT party you are with, but when you have the PRIVILEGE to govern the American people, you keep your nose clean!

"...why don't you have a response to the CRIMES?"

-I thought I gave one? Can you read? Maybe a pig will teach you to copy & paste. Until then, let me help you:

Gerry Studds- sex with male teenage House page (what was it you said about house pages?).

Neil Goldschmidt- Admitted to having a relationship with 14-year-old girl (well, at least it was w/a female...right? Insert 'weird-face' emoticon here...)

Fred Richmond- Charged with soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy. (Whooops, I guess I spoke too soon).

Brock Adams- Eight women accused him of sexual harassment, abuse, and rape. (WELL, it doesn't REALLY count until you break 10, now does it Jay?)

"Why don't you respond to the ultimate hypocrite..."
-Really? Gee Beav, you're right- Obama appointed Sotomayer & Kagan b/c he wanted unbiased justice.

"Why don't you go have some internet S_X ... like your buddies"

-So, which of my buddies are having internet sex now...? Just list the girls please.

Maybe I'll check out one of your fav sites. >>>>> 'Faster, little dutch boy! Harder! OOOOHHHH that sound, THAT SOUND!!! And now, my 44th little Dutch boy! You must scrub Daddy Jay P...'

This is fun, but I have things to do...

Robby C.
Past Member 7 years ago

"Robby C. you don't get it"

-OHHHH, but I do....

"...Republicans...RUN ON A FAMILY VALUES PLATFORM...hypocrites... no dems who CAMPAIGN ON FAMILY VALUES..."

-The Dem platform since JFK has been about liberals taking care of the poor & downtrodden masses to get their warm & fuzzies- with other people's money before they even earn it! Don't tell me Reps are the only hypocrites & I wont pi$$ on you & tell you it's raining!

"Are you just a stubborn pig who won't acknowledge Republicans' behavior as hypocritical?"

-Pig? Maybe. But this pig is smart enough to recognize hypocrisy on both sides.

"This conversation is as crazy as the party you belong to."

-Since you seem to know me so well (insulting me personally & all)...Tell me- just which party DO I belong to...?

Robby C.
Past Member 7 years ago

@Robby C. you don't get it .... I point out to you about Republicans caught in sex acts and scandal ... because they
RUN ON A FAMILY VALUES PLATFORM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Clearly, they are hypocrites. There are no Democrats since JFK .. since you so nicely list all the Kennedys ... I repeat there are no dems who CAMPAIGN ON FAMILY VALUES AND THE RETURN TO SUCH VALUES!!!! Are you just a stubborn pig who won't acknowledge Republicans' behavior as hypocritical?
This conversation is as crazy as the party you belong to.

4. Fred Richmond (1978): Charged with soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy

Gerry Studds (1983): Reprimanded for having sex with a male teenage House page

Neil Goldschmidt (2004): Admitted to having a relationship with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s

Carlene V.
Carlene V7 years ago

Another politican who thinks he can do no wrong. But, this was different - He didn't have a press conference with his poor, humiliated wife, standing by his side as he professed his deep "fake" apologies to everyone he ever knew or ever will know.

I know this happens on both sides but it appears more often on the "right" with their good Christian, family values talk which proves they are in fact, hippocrites.

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodrigu

I wonder what the guy's wife thinks.

Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Karen F.
karen Friedman7 years ago

So much for the good old Christian morals and values party.

Rhonda B.
Rhonda B7 years ago

Another one bites the dust!

Julia W.
Julia W7 years ago

As a New Yorker I have heard, but not in this district, that Carl Palladino, the misogynist, anti-gay, racist super rich pig plans to run for his seat!!!

Jay P.
Jay P7 years ago

AND Robby C: why don't you have a response to the CRIMES?
Sex with 5 year olds and congressional pages are not in any way on the same plain as misdeeds of some men you mentioned!
Why don't you respond to the ultimate hypocrite .. the sitting Federal Judge Hyde the overseer of Clinton's impeachment!
What a FAKE ... if anything he should have recused himself as not being of high enough moral fortitude to preside over such a historic event.
If you want to further explore this into LIES ... there is no equal to G.W. Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney and the like when it comes to LIES.
Why don't you go have some internet S_X ... like your buddies.