Rep. Chris Lee Resigns Amid Scandal

Local Congressman Chris Lee resigned after a report that he sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he communicated with on Craigslist.

The story on the gossip website Gawker says the married Republican from New York's 26th congressional district was responding to a personal ad.  Lee's district includes portions of Monroe County and stretches west to Buffalo.

He released a statement late Wednesday:

“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.”

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Resignation is announced to the US House of Representatives on C-SPAN