posted on February 09, 2011 19:49
Rep. Chris Lee, (R-Clarence), resigned from Congress late today after a report emerged that he had sent flirtatious e-mails, including one with a bare-chested photo of himself, to a woman he met on Craigslist.
Lee was only weeks into his second term representing New York's 26th district, which includes Genesee County. Lee is married and has a child.
Lee released a two paragraph statement late Wednesday afternoon:
"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. 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,"
"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."
The e-mails and photo were released by the website, "Gawker"