Republican Congressman Chris Lee, who just began his second term representing a district in far Western New York, has resigned his seat in the wake of a Gawker story today that he sent shirtless photos to a woman he contacted through Craigslist.
Here is the full statement posted on Lee’s website:
“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.”