This is tame but he’s local

He’s no John Thune but those Paul Newman eyes and fit physique.

Rep. Christopher Lee is a married Republican congressman serving the 26th District of New York. But when he trolls Craigslist’s “Women Seeking Men” forum, he’s Christopher Lee, divorced “lobbyist” and “fit fun classy guy.” One object of his flirtation told us her story.


Lee’s Craigslist correspondent—a government employee from Maryland who asked not to be identified—liked what she saw. She replied flirtatiously. He replied with a PG-13 muscle picture.

89 replies
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    mlk says:

    Gotta love those family values.

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    JPL says:

    OT..Sorry..but my first lady is speaking fairly close to where I live..(10 miles..) and she’s more important than some ass who thinks he has abs

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    RolloTomasi says:

    So where does Craigslist rank compared to an airport bathroom stall in the pecking order of Republican pickup spots?

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    Before I leave, this note to Chris Lee:

    Dude, you aren’t blond any longer. There was a time, maybe, when you were, but that time has passed. You are gray.

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    Tom Hilton says:

    As someone tweeted (don’t recall who), in 2 years he will be a divorced lobbyist.

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    As in a “fit fun classy guy.”


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    John Dillinger says:

    Surely the Speaker can instruct his backbenchers on where to troll for tail without getting caught, at least so quickly and easily.

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    D. Mason says:

    At least this ones looking to cheat on his wife with a woman roughly his age instead of an intern. Kudos Rep. Christopher Lee for being a sleaze instead of a circus freak.

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    mistermix says:

    Western New York is a hotbed of Congressional perversion. Who’s next? Louise Slaughter?

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    DougJ® says:

    @D. Mason:

    I agree.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Man, he looks different without that Saruman makeup

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    Mark S. says:

    Rep. Christopher Lee has apparently never heard of Google.

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    Alex S. says:

    Eh, it’s private stuff.

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    mr. whipple says:

    God, what a dork.

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    Violet says:

    I wonder if other women will come forward with more details now that this has been leaked. This stuff is tame, but who knows if this is all there is.

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    slag says:

    But does he own a wetsuit?

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    Maude says:

    @D. Mason:
    True and we are in a sad state of affairs.

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    catclub says:

    @Mark S.: But he has heard of gmail!

    He is claiming his gmail account was hacked by a time traveler who posted the emails before hacking the account.

    Also his dog ate them.

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    Violet says:

    What’s on the poster behind him in the topless shot? Are those sharks? Please tell me he didn’t take that shot in his young son’s room. Ick.

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    beltane says:

    Which district is this, Vito “two families” Fosella’s old district or the one of that other NY Republican who beat his girlfriend while drunk?

    Chris Lee does not have Paul Newman eyes. He has George W. Bush’s doofus eyes. We now need another thread dedicated to Colin Firth just to cleanse the mind.

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    WereBear says:

    I far prefer the original Christopher Lee. Beware of imitations!

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    DougJ® says:


    It’s actually Tom Reynolds’ old district. He was involved in the Foley scandal (though in the end, he didn’t do anything that wrong).

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    RalfW says:

    These sanctimonious family values assholes are planning to launch a constitutional amendment battle in Minnesota for 2012, and are fighting tooth and nail in Iowa right now.

    But they are destroying marriage all on their own. Jeebus I get mad about this bullshit.

    They use the fear of teh gay to win an election cycle, but they can’t keep their own zippers closed to save their lives. Skankwads.

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    beltane says:

    @Violet: Can’t be. He says he’s a classy guy and classy guys don’t troll for extramarital sex in their kids’ room.

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    catclub says:

    @Violet: I think it is a whale chart — horizontal tails.

    I’m betting bathroom — large mirror is more likely there than in son’s room.

    Could be son’s bathroom — since he has been kicked out of his (and hers) ‘master’ bathroom — or will be soon.

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    beltane says:

    @DougJ®: Thank you. One by one, New York’s congressional districts will come to be known by the sex scandals associated with them.

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    Violet says:


    So where does Craigslist rank compared to an airport bathroom stall in the pecking order of Republican pickup spots?

    Depends who the Republican is picking up. If it’s an age-appropriate woman, like this situation, then it’s low on the list. If it’s a male Congressman and he’s picking up gay male dwarf twins for bondage involving a vacuum cleaner and a horse, well, that’s an entirely different story.

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    DougJ® says:


    The real action is in the State Legislature.

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    pragmatism says:

    i don’t buy the “this is private” argument. he’s a public figure who makes policy about other people’s sex lives. supports DADT. voted against abortion funding. his online idiocy is fair game.

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    mai naem says:

    Any bets on how long it will take FIX’d noose to identify him as a Democrat?

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    bkny says:

    By email, Lee identified himself as a 39-year-old … (He’s also 46.)

    lying about his age!?! .. what the fuck is wrong with people — esp the male republican kind …

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    Violet says:

    He had to because she said she was looking for 30-40 in her ad. If he’d admitted he was 46 she might not have replied.

    Not that that excuses it in any way. But it explains why in this instance he did. He was looking for action and would do whatever it took.

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    eemom says:

    Kudos Rep. Christopher Lee for being a sleaze instead of a circus freak.

    ah, the soft bigotry of low expectations.

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    mistermix says:

    @pragmatism: You’re right. Check out his website, where his family is featured prominently at the top:

    “Values, Reform and Change that bring solutions” is the first slogan in his little slideshow.

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    catclub says:

    @bkny: See my comment at 20 and Mark S at 28. It is time travel related. Not lying about age.

    When you ask a time traveler his age, he pauses and says
    it’s complicated.

    Um, … does anyone on dating sites NOT lie about age and such?

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    Violet says:

    In the picture further down the gawker page you can see the sink and counter, so yeah it’s a bathroom. The poster or painting of the whales is casting a shadow on the wall, so I wonder if it’s a painting instead of a poster. It looks like it has a crease in it though, so it’s hard to say.

    I can’t believe I spent any time looking at that. Yuck.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Alex S.:

    I don’t agree. I don’t know a lot about the etiquette of online dating, but if you get caught lying about being divorced or single, I don’t have much sympathy if you get exposed.

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    Sockpuppet says:


    Yes, I think we’re all stunned to find someone lying on an internet dating site. Flabbergasted, even.

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    bemused says:

    I think he was the guy lecturing other R legislators about the dangers of what they put on the internet or something like that a few years ago.

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    Allan says:

    @Violet: But what about his countertops?

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    cathyx says:

    Does his wife know about this?

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    geg6 says:


    Why, yes, yes he was.

    In other Republican idiocy, anyone remember yesterday when the GOP-led House couldn’t manage to pass the Patriot Act?

    In a defeat last night for House Republican leaders, legislation to extend certain Patriot Act programs was unable to get the two-thirds vote needed for passage as 26 Republicans voted no

    Well, they fucked up again today:

    A bill that would retrieve money already paid to the United Nations failed Wednesday afternoon 259-169, 290 votes were needed for passage. The bill is the third to fail under House stewardship this week. The U.N. bill would have return $179 million that was paid into the U.N. tax equalization fund.
    The measure was brought up under House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) signature budget slashing initiative, known as YouCut, under suspension of House rules that required two-thirds vote for passage.

    If the GOP House leadership were cars, I’m thinking right about now would be recall time.

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    cathyx says:

    You’d think that he could find an extramarital affair at a classier venue than CraigsList.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Hot hot hot!

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    Allan says:

    @geg6: Why, it’s almost as if they don’t actually want to pass any legislation!

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    mr. whipple says:

    The poster or painting of the whales is casting a shadow on the wall,

    Whale watching? He’s gotta be a Liberal.

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    slag says:


    True and we are in a sad state of affairs.

    Nicely punned.

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    scav says:

    The poor man’s clearly no Berlusconi, it’s almost sad.

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    pragmatism says:

    pro prostitution bob marley sez:

    legalize it. don’t criticize it. legalize it yeah yeaaaaah and craigslist will advertise it.

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    cathyx says:

    Politician”s wives never leave their cheating husbands. They’re just as ambitious as them.

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    dmsilev says:


    Does his wife know about this?

    She does now…


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    Rosalita says:


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    beltane says:

    @scav: No bunga-bunga room for Chris Lee. So sad. If you’re going to have a sex scandal my advice is to go big.

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    pragmatism says:

    @mistermix: what a lovely site. one of his issues is “restoring accountability”. well, here’s a great opportunity for ya chrissy.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Oh, man, his kids are going to have an awful time of it. I can’t even get inside what his wife must be feeling.

    I know there are a lot of decent people trying out online dating. An awesome friend of mine met his awesome wife through Plenty of Fish, and several great women I know are at places like OK Cupid, although without much success so far.

    But there are some people online who must have been raised by — well, I won’t besmirch the good name of wolves. It’s not just the lying about body type, age, hair colour, and the like, it’s the complete social ineptitude. My jaw dropped when I read this today:

    OK, so I had an OKC first date last night. Date Guy asked me about my previous relationship and I alluded to what ultimately became my issue relative to the tough break-up of that relationship, our age difference (me older).
    Date Guy geared into highly empathetic mode, listening, nodding, hmmn’ing, took a thoughtful pause and then responded, “Well, obviously, we’ll get along. You must have been with a younger man for so long because you like a lot of sex. I just want you to know, I can go from Friday night to Sunday afternoon with just a bottle of water on the night table to sustain me. I don’t need Viagra. With me, you don’t need a younger man!”

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Aw CRAP! I have a comment in moderation because I used the name of a peener-hardener in my quote. (Keep an eye on this space and the comment above, folks.)

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    spavogt says:

    seems to me that photo will make a superb campaign poster in 18 months

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937 says:

    @spavogt: It would make a great campaign ad but unfortunately this is a gerrymanded district that is 70 percent Repub. Maybe the tea baggers will primary him.

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    cathyx says:

    @spavogt: yeah, for his opponent.

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    Kiril says:

    Such crap. That’s not PG-13. PG-13 is naked ass. That’s G like a motherfucker.

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    @Alex S.: I think those who support regulating private morality deserve to have their private moral actions scrutinized.

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    Church Lady says:

    He’s already tendered his resignation. That was quick.

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    Allan says:

    In a stunning development, Lee is resigning, even though no boys or farm animals were involved. Clearly these are end times.

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    James in LA says:

    This is just the tease! It appears Speaker Boehner has been caught speaking with his little boehner…

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    DougJ® says:

    @Church Lady:

    Wow. I certainly don’t see this as something that disqualifies anyone. What the hell?

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    someguy says:

    @Church Lady:

    Not quick enough.

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    JCT says:

    He’s probably been doing this for awhile and is trying to avoid the avalanche of emails about to be released. Yup, sometimes you ket yourself caught in that zipper.

    So glad he likes policing other people’s sex lives — oooops.

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    Mark S. says:

    Wow, unless there’s more coming down the pike I can’t believe he resigned. Say he’s sorry and going to marriage counseling and everybody forgets this in a week.

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    mantis says:

    Saruman the White resigns!

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    Alex S. says:


    I don’t know…he really wasn’t the loudest voice on these issues. I’m just seeing a man with a mid-life crisis here.

    I can’t understand his resignation either. Senators Vitter and Ensign are still in office. Gov. Spitzer probably only resigned because of pressure from Wall Street. He’s got his own TV show now. Even Gov. Sanford didn’t resign immediately.

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    Valdivia says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    Have not read the thread but wanted to defend OKC. I have had nothing but fantastic experiences in DC with this site. Quality interesting people. When I was new to the city it helped me get my footing in meeting new folks and I have made quite a few new friends as well as had very good luck on the dating side.

    For what it’s worth I am a nig fan of OKC

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    Magatha says:

    I don’t like him, I don’t like his politics, I think it’s skeevy to lie to his wife and to a person who hoped to meet a nice man for a date, and he gets no points because the circumstances aren’t grotesque and don’t involve diapers and ponyplay or whatever. But he shouldn’t just quit and run away. He needs to stand up, take the hits, act like a real person, make amends to his wife, and apologize to his constituency for the lying and the huge distraction this is causing. Then he needs to do his damn job.

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    Calouste says:


    It would suggest it’s just the tip of the iceberg we’re seeing at the moment. It can’t be a Republican suddenly having an attack of personal responsibility. I wouldn’t think this in itself is a resigning issue, although his wife might think differently about things.

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    taylormattd says:

    @Kiril: IKR? Very disappointing. Was expecting an NYPD-style bare ass.

    Not in bad shape for a guy his age though :D

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    taylormattd says:

    He must be resigning to spend more time looking for the criminal who hacked his email account.

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    shortstop says:

    Apparently he reported the “hacking” at the time it allegedly occurred (one week after he sent this incredibly erotic shot of himself pumping it up IN THE FAMILY BATHROOM), which tells me that he was scared by something, which tells me that there are probably lots of other women and emails and photos, which tells me why he resigned now.

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    ksmiami says:

    You say “Family Values” – I say LIAR, LIAR Pants on FIRE

    UGH – Can the Republicans just go away already – PLEASE

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    @Alex S.: Oh I don’t think it warranted resignation (like others, this suggests to me that this is the tip of the proverbial ice berg), I just think this type of thing is fair game when it comes to Moral Majority pols.

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    maryQ says:

    I really think this whole thing is one big misunderstanding. This is clearly just part of the GOPs continuing effort to close the gender gap by finding the Ken to Caribou Barbie and Witch Barbie and and all of the other strikingly beautiful but dumb as a post and deranged-to-boot GOP women out there.

    The GOP men have Nikki Haley to oogle at, and the GOP women are stuck with Mitch McConnell. Fair is fair, dammit. Give the ladies their Craigslist Ken!

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    Cacti says:

    If it was Massachusetts, they’d make him a Senator or Governor.

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    Speaking of Nikki Haley, someone’s publishing a tell-all book about an alleged affair he had with her and daring her to sue.

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    Jager says:

    The way Lee is holding his right arm and hand, at first glance it looks like he’s jerking off….

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Jager: Well, that would be the Craigslist handshake, eh?

    (There is a Tumblr blog out there full of nothing but pictures of CL pen1ses. I have forgotten the URL, but it’s probably Googleable, if you’re brave.)

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    Mr. Blink says:

    Okay, so here’s my 2 cents (like anyone really cares). I post on this site, so I’m obviously a DFH. But who cares that this guy sent some chick a shirtless pic via Craigslist? If he sent it to some dude, then we would definitely have something to talk about. If it was some democrat, the confederates would be nagging the dems non-stop. The dems would say, “who cares? It’s a pic of some dude with his shirt off”. I kind of agree. He’s not a bad looking guy, and in great shape for an older politician. He’s just trying to get some tang! Good for him.

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    Cain says:

    @Joseph Nobles:

    Speaking of Nikki Haley, someone’s publishing a tell-all book about an alleged affair he had with her and daring her to sue.

    Wow, can you say psychopath? Damn.. he’s pissed off enough to write a book about it (and probably make some money) I bet he’ll shop it around at CPAC!


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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Cain: I thought it was actually supposed to be a tryst or maybe a fling. A book length treatment of a fling would be incredibly too long. He should sell it as an article to Redbook.

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