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The US version of the ‘Bunga-Bunga’ party…

February 10th, 2011 · No Comments

Not quite in Berlusconi territory, though. Should one resign over this? We certainly don’t think so..
Ok, it wasn’t the most stylish action, but pretty harmless nevertheless..

From the BBC:

Chris Lee quits House over flirt e-mail scandal
Congressman Chris Lee Mr Lee reportedly used his real name and address in the flirty e-mails

A Republican congressman from New York state has resigned amid media reports he had flirted online with a woman to whom he sent a shirtless photograph.

Chris Lee, a married 46-year-old with one son, was first elected in 2008.

In a statement on his website, he said he regretted harming his family, staff and constituents, adding: “I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all.”

Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives in the November mid-term elections.

“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,” Mr Lee said.

Mr Lee resigned his seat hours after news and gossip website Gawker.com posted e-mail correspondence it said had been sent between the congressman and a 34-year-old single woman he met on the classifieds site Craigslist.

Muscle flexed

The woman, who has not been identified, had posted a note in the “women seeking men” section saying she was looking for an attractive and “financially and emotionally secure” man aged 30 to 40, Gawker reported.

In the e-mails, Mr Lee – who used his real name and e-mail address – described himself inaccurately as a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist, Gawker said.

He said he was a “fit fun classy guy”, and sent a photograph of himself posing shirtless in dark slacks in front of a mirror, flexing a bicep.

Mr Lee, who was elected to his second two-year term in November, has been a relatively low-profile, backbench member of the Republican House caucus.

Last year, a congressional ethics panel launched an inquiry after Mr Lee held a fundraising event within 48 hours of a House vote on a financial services regulation reform bill, which he voted against.

The panel dropped the matter in January.

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