As “sex scandals” go this one is rather mild. A married Republican Congressman has resigned over having sent flirty emails containing shirtless photos of himself to a women from Craigslist. Kinda boring, isn’t it? With his quick resignation one wonders if he knows that there is a whole stream of women he did more than send racy photos of himself to.
In any case, Republican Congressman Christopher Lee of New York is going home and a special election will have to be called to replace him. Naturally, it was the scandal site Gawker that uncorked this story.
It appears that Congressman Lee was looking at the “Women Seeking Men” section of Craigslist and there he found a woman with whom he began to e-flirt. Like an idiot, he used the G-Mail account connected with his campaign to tell his would-be paramour that he was divorced, that he was a lobbyist in DC (instead of a Congressman) and that he was a “fit, fun, classy guy.”
The woman told Gawker that once she found out he was lying about who he was, his age, and just about everything else, she was a bit upset. Naturally she ran straight to Gawker with her story! Duh! He should resign just for being so stupid that he didn’t realize all this would happen!
Of course, it got worse. Congressman Lee tried to claim that his account had been hacked and that he didn’t send the photos or carry on with the Craigslist chickie. This appears to be… uh, shall we say a fantasy?
At some point, Lee finally realized that he couldn’t explain this incident away and he simply resigned.
“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,” he said in a statement.
“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.”
Blah, blah, blah.
It’s good riddance to Lee, of course. It is good he’s gone. But actually this incident once again shows a major difference between the GOP and the Democrats.
When Republicans have scandals, even those as relatively minor as this one, Republicans resign because they know they’ve broken faith with the voters not to mention their own families.
On the other hand, when Democrats get caught in these sorts of situations, they go on to greater power and higher position in the Democrat Party. This is because nothing but power means anything to Democrats. Infidelity, breach of faith, betraying friends and family alike, none of this means anything to a Democrat. In fact, such vile behavior as Lee’s is celebrated among Democrats.
Whatever. Mark another example of the foibles of man.
You know, I never did get Christopher Lee’s part in that last Star Wars movie, anyway.