At first blush this seems like simply poor judgment. But when you read further, it's clear he lied about his sending the photo/emails. And why is it that the Republicans who seem to get caught with their pants down (or in this case, with their shirts off)are those who want to dictate other Americans' sex lives? Why IS that?
Story Updated : February 09, 2011 06:20:00 PM
Antigay Rep. Chris Lee Resigns
New York GOP representative Christopher Lee has resigned in a statement read on the House floor after a shirtless photo of him soliciting a woman he met on Craigslist surfaced Wednesday.
By Advocate.com Editors
New York GOP representative Christopher Lee has resigned in a statement read on the House floor after a shirtless photo of him soliciting a woman he met on Craigslist surfaced Wednesday.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York," he said. "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.”
The married, socially conservative (and antigay) Republican congressman reportedly sent flirtatious messages and a sexy picture of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist.
The woman, a 34-year-old government employee from Maryland, had placed a personal ad on Craigslist in January, seeking “financially & emotionally” secure men, website Gawker reports. She received a reply from a man using Gmail address belonging to Rep. Christopher Lee of western New York State. The correspondent identified himself as Christopher Lee and described himself as a “very fit fun classy guy,” age 39 (seven years younger than Lee’s actual age), a lobbyist, and divorced. He went on to provide a photo of Lee, shirtless.
The woman ended contact with Lee after she searched online for him and concluded he’d lied about his age and occupation, then forwarded the e-mail exchanges to Gawker.
A spokesman for Lee confirmed to Gawker this week that the e-mail account belonged to the congressman but said Lee had not sent the messages and believed his account had been hacked. “That could, theoretically, be true,” Gawker’s Maureen O’Connor observed. “But the evidence suggests otherwise.”
She also noted that Lee’s “support for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and vote to reject federal abortion funding suggests a certain comfort with publicly scrutinizing others’ sex lives.”
Mega Lulz! That story is so hilarious! Man, . . . .I'd never thought I'd see a congressman flexing with a phone in hand looking in the mirror. . . .myspace picture style. :
Oh darn, just jump all over this and forget your own Democratic scandals, send out a whoopee.....and herear it fall flat in comaparison within a few days, at least on fair networks.
For certain, this guy is a class act DumbAxx, of which too many in Congress undoubtedly are. I suppose he should have waited to show his ego colors until or after a major vote of import, so the Dems could have Blackmailed him to vote their way! Now that would have been practical and in keeping with the past two years!
Fair networks, KFC? You mean "Fair and Balanced" networks, right?
Hi there Randy, actually I listen to all the networks lately, and am even growing fond of MSNBC, and certainly CNN with the Egypt chaos, and if they and Fox are Fair and Balanced, then we should be hearing about Dems with their own scandals today and the past two years in comparison, as even CNN just could not stop talking about the political ramifications of this scandal, while FOX reported it on each night time segment tonight, but did not talk ad nauseum about the political implications of the mans grotesque gaffe. Noticeable difference.
And the fact remains, that Dems are known to have used bribery to implement their policies the past two years, so why not blackmail, same difference, so we have no idea what they quashed in the interests of passing a health care bill that the American people did not want.
Just my negative thoughts tonight. Regardless, this GOP Congressman was an egotistical dumby for certain....we need Egotistical smartys in Congress, regardless of party. (still using an old computer with the apostrophe key and quote/colong key and dash key disfunctional.)
A very good thing we have several networks to listen to and watch. Now if everyone did the same...
Lol, when you are the party of morals, or think you are, you can't live up to your high standard. Happens in the Old Law of Moses all the time. And no, this is not a progressive insurance commercial! Lol.
You're right. It happens, and it happened under Old Testament law! No one can entirely live up to that! Which is why Jesus had to die for our sins.
But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.
The New Testament also tells us that. Shall we sin, then, so that mercy will abound? God forbid.
The liberals would apparently forego ANY punishment or personal responsibility for wrongs from all corners. They live in lala land at the feet of a naked emperor. We cannot survive without laws based on morality.
Ah, but Brenda, Jesus said his kingdom was not of this world. The attempt to make America, or England, or any physical nation into a "Christian" nation is false religion. Yet many Republicans, though not all, seem to try. It is false religion to try to make a physical nation into a "Christian" nation. Period.
Yeah, look what happened to the tribe of the carp.
"The liberals would apparently forego ANY punishment or personal responsibility for wrongs from all corners."
Wow, do you supply scarecrows for farmers when you're not on the forums? 'Cos you set up more strawmen than anyone I've seen.
Man, if I were him, I'd work out a deal with some porno company! :=p
Really?? So you like his bare chested photo? I did not think it warranted a low budget movie contract like porno? He did not even bother to color his hair! 36, do not think so. So, what am I missing that you see??
The thing that I see remarkable is NOT that they do it, but rather how they handle it afterward. Generaly they resign on the GOP side. You don't see that on the Dem side. Any guess why?
I was about to state those same sentiments!
When do Democrats ever admit to doing anything wrong?
Even when they admit it, they don't resign. Rangle comes to mind.....
As I recall, Spitzer resigned his position as governor of NY. I could probably find a few more. Also, the Republicans are under greater pressure because of their pious moralistic positions on sexuality. As I recall Newt Gingrich when he was Speaker of the House or minority leader was screwing his secretary, and I don't believe he resigned.
No, in fact, he said "Oral sex is not adultery" !!!! How's THAT for morals?
Newt Gingrich said that? I don't recall, but I don't remember the Newt-and-secretary scandal either.
He was on C-Span, at a book signing....this young man came up to him, was very angry and said "How can you criticize Clinton after what you did to your wife?" (something like that).
That's when he said "Oral sex is not adultery".
Believe me....I would not think to make that up....my mind is not that twisted.
Thomas comes to mine.
And, it turns out, back when the SC was "deciding" the Gore/Bush election issue, his wife was sending out e-mails to prominant people defending Bush......
Conflict of interest....or ONE interest running the country???
The GOP has to be releived that this time it was a hetero affair rather than a GOP congresscritter playing footsie with an undercover male cop.
Why should they be relieved?
Is homosexuality wrong in your esteemed view?
Homosexuality sure seems to be wrong with the right doesn't it Jim?
Unless your a preacher or elected official who preaches or campaigns against it, that is.
It seems that the only people talking about homosexuality are the liberals suggesting that the Republicans should be relieved one of their own didn't engage in a homosexual relationship.
Don't hide the lefts prejudices against homosexuality and their attempts at wielding it like a weapon.
Spoke too soon, Doug.
http://gawker.com/#!5769037/the-craigsl … prostitute
Do as we say, not as we do!
In his younger years, W Bush got 2 women pregnant who both had abortions......I'm Aghast!
Or Aghust at why the right-to-lifers still support him????
C'mon give the poor guy a break. I'm sure his sexual confusion is the result of his being molested by an evangelical minister during Summer bible camp. His two Mommies probably told him to just man up.
Silly lovemychris. Surely you know the answer to that!
That was before W "got religion."
His adoring public seems willing to overlook quite a few "youthful indiscretions."
Then again, compared to his "presidential indiscretions" the youthful ones seem almost harmless. NOT on that!
I don't think he's sexually confused (although I don't doubt he was probably molested at Bible Camp).
He's just your garden variety married hound dog pretending to be divorced.
I must say, tho, the dude is HAWT!
My computer is not allowing me to post links or images to HP forums tonight, so you'll just have to Google him yourself.
Talk about GUNS! Man oh man!!!
Wesman Todd Shaw -- People misunderestimate the power of the Internet at their own peril
I must confess something, tho.
When my husband and I heard the news tease about a congressman resigning over leaked photos we both held our breath and said to each other, "God, I hope it's not a Democrat!" When they announced it was a Republican we fist bumped each other and hissed "YESSSSSSSSS!"
Are we evil?
At least she was a she and I am guessing of legal age. Republicans might be showing signs of primative intelligence. Someone should try breeding one with a platypus and see what happens.
So, a Democrat already tried that one would assume, and it did not work out so well.......I just knew Dems had much more experience in this area....imagine that........
Is that a wet back duck being assaulted there? Too bad the repubs wont let the duck get an abortion, Senorita Daffy's gonna have to raise that off spring since she dont got no rights to begin with. She's just an illegal duck who migrated in looking for a hand out and a green back card. She deserves what she gets, GO Palin in 2012.
He might have found more good looking Republican women on HubPages than Craig's List!
When the next Democrat resigns amid scandal you are welcome to crow, KFlippin. What's good for the goose is good for the gander (although the poor goose in Hugh Williamson's photo might disagree with me...)
Until then, we are forced to make do with Chris Lie (oops, I mean Lee).
The bigger question is, is it possible to have smart politicians who are not egotists? Or even dumb politicians who are not egotists? Operative word in KFlippin's post being "egos."
They are supposed to be Public SERVANTS.
Ego is human, strong egos are requisite for putting yourself out there for public office, that is not new news, and you can not make an elected lefty less than human. Pelosi is a classic example of grotesque EGO gone wild, albeit Smart Grotesque Ego, and I do hope that very soon we do not ever have to see her quivering on the tube Ever Again, just my Opinion..........
Our public servants routinely ram through legislation that the over whelming majority of those they represent do not want. Witness - Stimulus,Tarp,Obamacare, GM bail out, etc....
They have long since ceased their roll as public servants and have become, for all intents and purposes, an elected nobility.
Boy am I relieved! We lefties are NOT sinister! We're just born that way -- and we're special! Me and Obama -- lefties unite!
Who else here is left handed, btw?
... an elected nobility that serves corporations, not the public.
So, you think your Dems rammed through Obamacare in their position as Nobility?? rather than the falsely presented Voice of the People??
....And the beat does go on, to quote UncorrectedVision.......
My comment is bipartisan.
It is not specific to any piece of legislation.
Although it does allude to the Supreme Court decision regarding campaign funding by corporations...
And the bottom feeding lobbyists.
*COUGH* CLINTON *COUGH*
it's on both sides.
Don't make this partisan.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and- … -scandals/
More Rs have scandals, the Ds are bigger in magnitude.
conclusion: hey guess what! Humans like sex
Don't mess with lefties, UCV.
Many left-handed people have made names for themselves in their fields.
Among the sports lefties are Babe Ruth, Arnold Palmer, Larry Bird, Pele, Mark Spitz, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl.
Movie and TV star lefties include Cary Grant, Steve McQueen, W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Robert Redford, Robert DeNiro, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stalone, Jim Carrey, Bruce Willis, Greta Garbo, Betty Grable, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman.
Some famous left-handed musicians include Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Sting, Phil Collins, George Michael, Eminem, Celine Dion, Paul Simon, Ringo Star.
Other famous lefties include J. Edgar Hoover, Bill Gates, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Prince Charles, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, Picasso, Mozart, Beethoven, Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Marie Curie and Albert Einstein.
According to the WashingtonPost.com, 6 of the past 12 presidents have been left-handed, including Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
There is no limit to which we can employ our intellect when reinforcing our own preconceived notions.
It's got to be something in the water in the state of New York.
No, maybe a contagious disease in Washington DC .
It attacks both Democrats and Republicans. The only problem is that the Republicans get rid of the diseased while the Democrats fight like hell for their fellow diseased Democrats.
Note to self: If you are having a tough time meeting people in bars, become a Congressman.
...what i really want to know is....what's the difference between a republican's scandal and a democrat's scandal?...
Well, well, well.
I wondered how long it would take our esteemed righties to spin this in their favor.
Now it's all about "well, OUR guys cop to their scandalous behavior and do the honorable thing and resign while YOUR people cover up for their own."
So basically you are saying that your scoundrels are more moral because when they get caught red handed and they try to lie their way out of it but it doesn't work they quit their job?
Some people are STILL villifying Bill Clinton to this day.
But I'm "cruel and spiteful" because I happened to find this news amusing and decided to share it. Uh, ok.
No, they're more moral because they admit their wrongs and take the consequences, which can at least lead to repentance and forgiveness and a changing of their ways.
Yeah, what C.J. and Jim said.
Dems usually just keep on doing their stuff and lobby to make it legal.
You see the left as more determined and organized?
Don't I wish!!
Perhaps you mean currently, due to the giant schism that has split the GOP into factions?
I agree with you that any party or candidate that holds itself/himself/herself up as "more moral" either has to uphold that standard or risk being exposed as a hypocrite.
The harder they come, the harder they fall... in the word of Jimmy Cliff...
Since the Clinton's the D's have had their collective "$#!*" together. They are better at "politics". They have to be. The democrats don't have a "TRUE" majority. What they have is an amalgamation of niche voting blocks. Because of their smaller numbers they have to have better tatics, and they DO!
The Clinton's have done more for the Democrat Party than anyone since the Kennedy's.
You have a really good point there. Looking at the USA and red states vs. blue states it's a wonder Democrats ever get elected!
But they do.
And IMO the politicians who do the best job are the ones who work together rather than grandstanding on either side.
I laugh because it was almost comical to see Hilary hand all her fans over to Barack Obama when he defeated her for the nomination. Funny, but deadly for the Right. Those Dems do stick together no matter if it even means giving up their personal principles......not that Hillary ever had very many...
She just figured she'd take him on later in another election bid I bet.
When are people going to start using a little judgment? Now he lost his job and probably his marriage.
What in the world are you talking about, UCV?
I am well aware of the etymology of the word "sinister." It is circa 15th century. A particularly unenlightened and superstitious era.
This list only goes up to 2009, but definitely the Republicans earn the title for most sex scandals.
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20 … x-scandals
i love this idiotic logic of "the left had LESS sex scandals, thus the right is worse!"
Wake up: these jackaninnies are living off of OUR money and using their influence to waste our time.
The problem is on both sides, and we're paying for it.
PS - who really cares that much if our elected officials are banging their secretaries? Honestly? you care?
Personally, no. I could care less.
I still scratch my head over how Clinton's sex habits got him booted out of office while other presidents kill millions of innocent people and got scot free...
The only reason to care about a politician's sex life is if he (or she)votes to regulate other people's sex lives while violating their own moral code. That's hypocrisy.
YES! And Scalia and Thomas on the dam Supreme Copurt are aligned with the Tea-Party--attendings their fund-raisers....really? Thomas' wife worked for them, and that guy hid his wife's earnings for 6 years! Can you say---"Just like Rangle"?
.......The SUPREME COURT. Just remember how Bush got elected. Than talk about "morals". Nuff said.
I heard this one's working as a legislative aide. Or was it a White House intern? One of the two...
Why are the women doing what they're doing? Because the men are handsome and attractive?
HAHAHAHAHhahahahahah!!!! oh man!! GOOD one!!
of course not. It's because the people are rich and powerful.
Why are they rich and powerful? Because they are using YOUR money to impress these women.
It's a bipartisan issue. It's a governmental issue.
Embrace the unembraceable! Venture to Anarchy!
"Embrace the unembraceable! Venture to Anarchy!"
Isn't that what Laughner said as he pulled the trigger?
Sex scandals aren't confined to one party, but there's an added element of hypocrisy when a member of the "family values" party is exposed. Also, when men of the cloth are exposed as adulterers, patrons of prostitutes, men's room trollers and, worst of all, child molesters. I don't recall a case of bestiality. That will be next I suppose.
Ah, but it's not JUST women who succomb to the aphrodesiac of power -- quite a few of the scandals have involved gay affairs .
Evan, do you ever feel like the voice crying in the wilderness?
Can you really picture the USA abandoning the power structure that's been in place for centuries and try anarchy?
That's a huge uphill battle, dontcha think?
I think the woman who sent the photo to Gawker or whatever the hell it is called, should be somewhat responsible for all of this too.
After all, she put the ad on Craigslist, and she must have been interested in the senator or she wouldn't have researched him. It almost makes me wonder if she was looking for someone to report.
I mean, I have checked out a lot of personal ads, and I would never even think to send anyone's personal pictures or info to a trash magazine. What was the point of her doing that? Did someone pay her for the information? What would she get out of it?
I saw the picture, and the man is a nice looking guy, who obviously works out. I probably would have contacted him too. But, I certainly wouldn't report him to a magazine. What he does with his personal life is none of my business. I also can't believe that this woman expected to find someone honest on craigslist. I think she was on a fishing expedition, and she got a bigger fish than she had hoped for.
Would you report someone to a tabloid like she did? Just because? There is more going on there, then they are saying.
The tabloids sometimes pay a lot for dirt on celebrities and Washington officials especially for family values Republicans.
Also TV ministers are susceptible to revelations in the the tabloids. Remember Jimmy Swaggart?
I can't say too much about this one...heck, I'm from the state that brought you all "The Love Gov!"
I seem to remember a simpler time, when democratic scandals were about sex, and republican ones were about money. Now the republicans are getting into sex scandals and the dems are getting into money ones. They really are becoming exactly alike!
In other news, the guy in the recent Craig's list scandal recently cosponsored a bill to help educate kids about the dangers of sharing too much information in the internet. How's that for a special kind of stupid?
Moral questions aside, I don't want someone with such obviously terrible decision-making ability making any laws.
If we did do away with the government would there still not be a business "power elite" mucking about with our money?
I'm not surprised either. Republicans try to act all wholesome and conservative, but they're big freaks like everybody else underneath. The GOP needs to get over itself and get real. I wish we could put all the GOP politicians, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, on a rocket and send them somewhere FAR away!
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