Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer is out of a job after his ex-girlfriend accused him of posting her nude photos on a fake Instagram account, then impersonating her in "graphic" conversations when men corresponded with who they believed was Kate Kelly, Politico reports. "As a result of the allegations by Kate Kelly, a former girlfriend, I have decided to resign," the Republican said in a statement, adding he felt it better to quit than to try to serve while dealing with this "distraction." The resignation of Sauer, 35, who was making a bid for his second term, came Wednesday, less than a day after Politico first published Kelly's allegations.
Kelly and Sauer, both unmarried, had started a long-distance relationship in 2016 after a Tinder matchup; she moved to Chicago in June 2017, but by March they were done, with Kelly alleging Sauer had been seeing other women. A Chicago PD rep tells the Chicago Tribune Kelly contacted police on July 12 to report the Instagram account, which she said held "provocative and/or sexually explicit photographs" of her she'd sent to Sauer during their time together—a discovery she tells Politico "sickened" her. She says the alleged "catfishing" had occurred nearly the whole two years she'd dated Sauer, per his own confession. No charges have yet been filed against Sauer, also a member of the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force, though the Washington Post notes it's a felony in Illinois to distribute "private sexual images." (Read more Illinois stories.)