Claims to fame: Former Congressman from New York; Republican (of course); homophobe; anti-choicer; married father of a young son; alleged adulterer in the biblical sense; alleged online pervert; alleged shameless liar
Moral apex: Allegedly sent topless photos of himself as a come-on to a woman who posted an ad in the “Women Seeking Men” category on Craigslist.
What’s more: Allegedly lied about his age. Allegedly told the woman he was 39. (He’s 46.)
What’s more: Allegedly lied about his marital status. Allegedly said he was divorced. (He’s married.)
What’s more: Allegedly lied about his job. Allegedly said he was a lobbyist. (He isn’t.)
What’s more: Allegedly lied about being a “fit fun classy guy.” Well, he’s not in bad shape for his age, but “classy” he ain’t.
Gawker alleges all: “Married GOP Congressman Sent Sexy Pictures to Craigslist Babe” (although we wouldn’t call his pictures “sexy,” by any stretch of the imagination).
They just never learn, these
“Lee’s resignation comes almost a year after Democrat Eric Massa resigned his seat in western New York’s 29th Congressional District amid an investigation into whether he sexually harassed male staffers. Massa gave contradictory explanations for his behavior, acknowledging he groped and tickled a staffer in a nonsexual way and wrestled with others at his 50th birthday party but then denying any groping occurred.” (source)
“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.”
— Lee’s “I’m sorry I got caught” non-apology
February 9, 2011
“The Congressman is happily married. The only time he or his wife posted something online was to sell old furniture when they changed the apartment they keep in DC.”
— Unnamed Lee spokesman to Gawker
Yesterday, we reached out to Rep. Lee, whose support for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and vote to reject federal abortion funding suggests a certain comfort with publicly scrutinizing others’ sex lives.
A spokesman for the Congressman confirmed that the email address belonged to Lee, and that he had deleted his Facebook account because our initial inquiry had him fretting about “privacy.”
Special “Well done!” award for techno-savvy: It’s not often any Web site, no matter how nifty its bells and whistles, employs anyone even half-aware of the information that can be gleaned from virtually any file in its original format (see how Dennis L. Rader, a.k.a. The BTK Killer was caught) — but somebody at Gawker knew his or her stuff:
After first telling us [Gawker] that he couldn’t comment until we forwarded every single email in question, a request we refused — shouldn’t Lee know if he’s corresponded with women on Craigslist? — Lee’s spokesman eventually announced that the Congressman believed he’d been hacked, and provided an email he claims Lee sent to his staff about the security breach on January 21.
That could, theoretically, be true. But the evidence suggests otherwise. The emails were sent more than a week before the alleged hack. The shirtless photo — which, according to metadata contained in the picture, was taken in Washington, D.C. — was taken with a Blackberry, the same mobile device that Lee uses, which means the hacker would have also accessed the photos on Lee’s phone.
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Lee:
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
— Job 15:16
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