Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., resigned Wednesday amid reports that he flirted and sent a shirtless picture to a woman online.
“I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff, and my constituents,’ Lee said in a statement announcing his resignation. “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," Lee said.
Lee reportedly responded to a Craigslist ad in the “Women Seeking Men” section, and described himself as divorced, 39 years old, and a lobbyist. The married congressman is actually 46.
There will be a special election to fill the seat, and it will be up to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to set the date.
“This is particularly embarrassing, I think, because the Republican Party has laid down a zero tolerance policy with its members,” John Fund, of The Wall Street Journal, told Fox News, adding that Lee’s sudden resignation shows in the age of the Internet, everything happens quickly.
Charles Krauthammer told Fox News’ Bret Baier that “It is rather unfortunate for Republicans, because in this election, in November, they made a comeback in the Northeast, where they had been almost extinct.
“New York state is one of the places where they did reasonably well, and this will cost them — at least for now — one seat,” he said.
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