Congressman Resigns, Busted by Gawker

Married Christopher Lee caught trolling for women on Craigslist
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2011 5:21 PM CST
Congressman Resigns, Busted by Gawker
The House photo of Christopher Lee.   (

(Newser) Gawker has a new political scalp to go with its new design. GOP Congressman Christopher Lee of upstate New York has resigned after the site printed an email exchange—complete with shirtless photo of Lee—between him and a woman he met on Craigslist. Lee, who is married, presented himself as a slightly younger divorced lobbyist, though he used his real name and image. The two exchanged flirty emails until the woman Googled him, realized who it was, and sent the correspondence to Gawker. (Click to read the emails and see the photo.)

"I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents," said Lee in a statement. "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." Initially, his staff tried to pass it off as someone hacking into his email. (Click here for this week's other big Gawker expose.)

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