Rep. Chris Lee resigns over shirtless photos

This is so very, very stupid:

In what might be the fastest scandal ever, Rep. Christopher Lee (R-NY) resigned his seat in Congress. His statement: “I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately.”

Confused? This story from Gawker was why he resigned:

Rep. Christopher Lee is a married Republican congressman serving the 26th District of New York. But when he trolls Craigslist’s “Women Seeking Men” forum, he’s Christopher Lee, divorced “lobbyist” and “fit fun classy guy.”

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. He used a Gmail account that Rep. Christopher Lee has since confirmed to be his own. (It’s the same Gmail account that was associated with Lee’s personal Facebook account, which the Congressman deleted when we started asking questions.)

By email, Lee identified himself as a 39-year-old lobbyist and sent a PG picture to the woman from the ad… Lee’s Craigslist correspondent—a government employee from Maryland who asked not to be identified—liked what she saw. She replied flirtatiously. He replied with a PG-13 muscle picture.

Gawker has all the details – I’m just posting this, mostly without even commenting on it, because it’s goddamned hilarious. I’m not even going to suggest that this is particularly republican behaviour – but it’s really, really stupid. If you’re a married member of Congress looking to cheat on your wife, you don’t make the mistake of sending shirtless pictures of yourself to people. As soon as something’s been uploaded and sent by email, it’s out there in the public domain forever. That’s fine if you’re an average guy or gal, but if you’re a congressman, then eventually someone’s going to recognise you, and then this will happen.

P.S. This guy deserved to be fired just for using the expression ‘lol’ twice in one short email (you’ll see what I mean if you read the whole Gawker piece).


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