New York's 26th congressional district went to the polls on Tuesday to pick a replacement for their former representative Christopher Lee, who resigned after we caught him sending shirtless photos to women he met on Craigslist. The winner? Democrat Kathy Hochul, whose victory has been declared a repudiation of the Republican Medicare plan. Kathy! We don't necessarily expect a thank-you or anything, but if you want to say "hi," you can reach us at 646-470-4295.
Chris Lee, Western New York's Craigslist Congressman, has refunded more than 1,100 campaign donations he raised in 2010 and 2011. In the letter that went out to donors he wrote: "I regret very much how my actions affected my family, staff and constituents… I make no excuses for my behavior. It was wrong." [Buffalo News, Image via AP]
This afternoon, three hours after Gawker's exclusive report about Republican Representative Chris Lee's flirtatious, shirtless Craigslist antics, the Congressman issued an immediate resignation. Tonight, Gawker's Maureen O'Connor—who broke the story—talked about it exclusively on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.
Ex-congressman Chris Lee knows a thing or two about the dangers of the Internet. In June 2009, he penned this op-ed in the Tonawanda News explaining why he helped pass legislation that would "educate students on the dangers of the Internet." Guess the lesson plan didn't include a section on why it's a bad idea to send sexy half-naked pictures to random women on Craigslist using your real name and e-mail address.