GOP Rep. Chris Lee Resigns After Craigslist Photos Come To Light (VIDEO)

Huffington Post

Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) announced early Wednesday evening that he will resign his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Buffalo-based station YNN relays a statement from Lee, who has signaled that he will vacate his post immediately:

“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.”

News of Lee’s decision to step down comes just hours after it was reported that the married congressman sent shirtless photos of himself to a woman who he connected with on the “Women Seeking Men” section of Craigslist.

HuffPost’s Nick Wing reported earlier in the day:

According to Gawker, the 46-year-old married Republican responded to a listing posted last month by a 34-year-old woman looking for “financially & emotionally secure” men who “don’t look like toads.”In an email, sent from an account admittedly registered to Lee, someone reportedly replied, claiming to be a 39-year-old, “6ft 190lbs blond/blue,” “divorced” “lobbyist.”

After a few flirty back-and-forths, the woman told Gawker that Lee sent her a picture of himself, sans shirt.

Asked for comment, Lee’s spokesman provided a denial and claimed that the congressman’s email account had been hacked.

“The Congressman is happily married,” the spokesman told Gawker. “The only time he or his wife posted something online was to sell old furniture when they changed the apartment they keep in DC.”


‘Oh For Goodness Sake’ Blog: Feel Better Soon, Buffalo Pundit

Oh For Goodness Sake  gets it about the really creepy Republican candidate for Governor, Carl Paladino:

A so-called fiscal conservative, anti-government slumlord, who fights mightily for his own tax breaks, having already sucked vast personal wealth out of tax-based government housing programs; an adulterous model for conservative family values, who circulated Birtheristic, racist, sexist, obscene emails, like a 12-year-old boy–this ignorant blow-hard hate mongering Tea Party buffoon is who Republican voters selected as their candidate for governor of the Empire State? Sure, why not!

Not a chance for the general, though, I would have thought, never happen.

But Alan Bedenko usually knows what he is talking about; he knows Carl Paladino and he knows NYS politics:

And therefore, I’m predicting that Carl Paladino is going to win this thing. It will be very, very close – I think 52-48 sounds about right. But I think that voter dissatisfaction throughout this state has reached such a fever pitch that it – combined with a feckless, formulaic opposition from the NYSDC and Cuomo’s camp – will propel him to victory thanks to the angry rural, upstate voters, the angry upstate city voters, and the angry upstate and downstate suburban voters.

Counting Cuomo out seems awfully extreme and the latest poll shows Cuomo is in good shape.

A majority of likely voters supports Democrat Andrew Cuomo in his bid for New York governor against Republican Carl Paladino, a Rasmussen Reports poll shows.

Fifty-four percent of likely voters favor Cuomo, the state’s attorney general, compared with 38 percent for Paladino, Rasmussen Reports said today. It’s the first survey of the state’s governor’s race the polling group has conducted since the Sept. 14 primaries.

Let’s hope New York State cleans up its voting machine mess before November, particularly in New York City, where the most Cuomo votes will count, just in case.

Maybe it all looks worse from Western New York. Maybe the Buffalo Pundit is a tad bit depressed. But he is talking about the same folks who eventually elected a divorced Hollywood actor President of the United States. It sounds silly now, but I remember when that was a “never happen.” At least Ronald Reagan, for all his sins, wasn’t a raving lunatic who would compare a Jew to “Hitler” or the “Anti-Christ.” As far as I know