A Married Congressman Goes Shirtless on Craigslist
Chris Lee is a Republican congressman from New York. At least he was. He resigned yesterday after he was caught trolling for women on Craigslist. And of course, he’s married.
On Friday, a 34-year-old woman posted in the ‘Women Seeking Men’ personals of the Washington, D.C. Craigslist. She said she was looking for a man who doesn’t “look like a toad”, was over six feet tall, 30 to 40 years old, and financially and emotionally secure.
Lee responded from a Gmail account, and said he was a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist…even though he’s actually a 46-year-old married Congressman. He also attached a SHIRTLESS photo.
They started talking back and forth, and even though Lee said he was a lobbyist, he used his real name. She Googled him, realized that the guy in the shirtless photo was a Congressman and cut things off.
Then she forwarded all the correspondence and the shirtless photo to the website Gawker, and they published the story.
Early yesterday, Lee wouldn’t confirm or deny anything, but said he needed to, quote, “work this out with my wife.” Lee and his wife have one son together.
Then later in the day, he sent out a press release, resigning from Congress. It included his apology, quote, “I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff, and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all.”
Here’s the cheesy picture he posted on Craigslist:
Here he is giving an election night speech last year. He stands with his wife, Michelle, thanking her about five minutes in. He also references his five-year-old son:
And the inevitable resignation: