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Ed Driscoll


February 9, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Earlier today, Fox News reported that “N.Y. Rep Declines Comment on Claim He Sent Shirtless Photo to Woman on Craigslist:”

Rep. Christopher Lee is declining to comment on a report claiming the married Republican congressman sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman on Craigslist.

Lee, asked by Fox News about the report Wednesday afternoon as he was walking to his car, said he was not willing to talk about the issue, adding “I have to work this out with my wife.”

And evidently, he’ll have plenty of time to do so: “Rep. Chris Lee resigns ‘effective immediately.’ maybe fastest scandal ever,” Rick Klein of ABC tweeted a few minutes ago.

Ed Morrissey adds, “FYI, NY-26 is an R+6 district in [western] New York. Lee’s resignation gives Dems a shot at a pickup, probably not a good one, tho.”

Related: “Congressional ethics: texting shirtless pictures=reason to resign in disgrace. Spending $1.5 trillion you don’t have = Wednesday.”

Update: At Hot Air, Allahpundit asks, “Why did Lee resign when more prominent Republicans, like Vitter, have survived infidelity scandals? Did he simply feel duty-bound? Or was it the fact that that photo of him with his shirt off is so goofy that it would follow him around forever if he hung on?”

On the bright side,  Drew M. at Ace of Spades quips, Lee “didn’t go full Favre, nor did he emulate Eric ‘The Tickler’ Massa. At least we got that going for us.”

Blogging since 2002, affiliated with PJM since 2005, where he is currently a columnist, San Jose Editor, and founder of PJM's Lifestyle blog. Over the past 15 years, Ed has contributed articles to National Review Online, the Weekly, Right Wing News, the New Individualist, Blogcritics, Modernism, Videomaker, Servo, Audio/Video Interiors, Electronic House, PC World, Computer Music, Vintage Guitar, and Guitar World.
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