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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"

 

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