U.S. Representative Chris Lee, a married Republican, abruptly resigned from Congress on Wednesday after revelations that he had sent flirtatious messages to another woman on a prominent Internet site.
The revelations first appeared on the website Gawker only hours before the Congressman's resignation.
"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 said in a statement posted on his congressional website.
"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," Lee said.
SalvoMandara Feb 10, 2011 09:10 AM ET
Dear American readers of this site, my name is Salvatore Mandara' and I live near Milan, in Italy. I would like to tell you that, whatever your politic ideas (Democrats, Republicans), you should be very happy that Mr. Lee took the decision to resign.
Here in Italy we have a guy, called Silvio Berlusconi who has committed actions much more serious and deprecable than writing an e-mail to a woman other than his wife! Nevertheless he has never resigned but he daily attack the Judges who want to see him in a room of a Court to process him. He has done for 17 years a lot of illegal and unmoral actions to prevent himself to go to jail!
So please be happy and appreciate the fact a Congressman resign spontaneously!