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New York Congressman Resigns Amid Craigslist Scandal

February 11, 2011 by  

New York Congressman Resigns Amid Craigslist ScandalUnited States Representative Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.) has resigned from office after reports surfaced claiming that the 46-year-old Congressman sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman on Craigslist.

Lee submitted a formal resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Feb. 9, just hours after Gawker.com reported that Lee, who is married with one child, allegedly identified himself through emails as a divorced 39-year-old who was looking for a date. Among several messages he reportedly sent to a female Craigslist user was a picture of himself posing shirtless.

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York," Lee said in a written statement, according to media reports. "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all."

Politico.com reports that Boehner allegedly warned Lee and other GOP lawmakers to stop partying with female lobbyists last year. Lee is the second U.S. Representative to resign within the past year due to reports of extramarital conduct. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) stepped down last May after it was revealed that he had an affair with a staffer.

According to FOX News, Lee's last speech on the House floor was on Jan. 19, when he urged his colleagues to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

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