Sophomore Republican congressman Christopher Lee of New York has resigned today. According to the Hill, the married Lee sent a shirtless picture of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist, who eventually contacted celebrity gossip site Gawker.com:
His abrupt departure came after the website Gawker.com published a report claiming Lee, who is married, solicited a romantic encounter and sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman.
"I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. 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," Lee said in a statement.
The House accepted Lee's resignation at 5.58 p.m. on Wednesday.
"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," he said.
Lee's district in upstate New York has a Cook PVI rating of R+6, and Lee won reelection last November with 74 percent of the vote, meaning Republicans have a good chance of retaining the seat in the next election.