NY Rep. Lee resigns after shirtless photo story

WASHINGTON (KTRE/AP) - A New York congressman abruptly resigned his seat Wednesday, saying he was quitting because he regretted actions that have hurt his family and others.

The gossip website Gawker reported that Rep. Christopher Lee, a married two-term Republican lawmaker, had sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist. Lee said in an e-mailed statement that his resignation was effective immediately.

The statement offered no confirmation or details of a Craigslist posting. In the e-mail, he says he regrets the harm his actions have caused his family, staff and constituents.

Lee is married, and says he doesn't want to be a distraction.  New York will now hold a special election in Chris Lee's heavily Republican district to fill the newly-vacant seat. Until then, Congress will operate with 434 members.

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