New York Rep. Chris Lee Resigns After Shirtless Photo Controversy
In a statement, Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) said he was resigning from the House of Representatives. His resignation came only hours after the website Gawker published shirtless pictures of Lee. Gawker reported Lee sent the pictures to a woman who posted an ad on the "Women for Men" section of Craigslist.
"I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all," the statement read. "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."
Mr. Lee won his district, located in the western New York region, in 2008, when he ran in place of Thomas Reynolds, who announced his retirement.
Last year, another New York Congressman, Eric J. Massa, a Democrat, resigned amid accusations that he had groped a male aide.
Gawker reports that Lee responded to an ad from a woman who was looking for "someone to prove to me not all [craigslist] men look like toads..." In one e-mail Lee allegedly described himself as "very fit fun classy." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.