Thursday, February 10, 2011

Candid Camera

Rep. Christopher Lee (R-NY) has resigned from Congress after posting his shirtless picture on Craigslist while trolling for a date.

The resignation came hours after Gawker, a gossip Web site, published an e-mail exchange that Mr. Lee, who is married and has a son, had with a 34-year-old Maryland woman he had met through Craigslist.

According to Gawker, Mr. Lee, who is 46, replied to a personal ad that the woman had placed in the “Women for Men” section of Craigslist, seeking a financially and emotionally secure man.

“Will someone prove to me not all CL men look like toads?” the woman asked in the ad, using the initials for Craigslist.

Mr. Lee responded to the ad using a Gmail account that Gawker said it had traced to Mr. Lee’s personal Facebook account.

So here we go again; another right-wing family values guy gets caught. But at least he’s not gay! (And on behalf of the gay community, may I say “Whew, dodged that bullet.”)

What’s even more ironic is that in 2009, Mr. Lee sent out a warning to people to be careful on the internet: “Responding to what may seem like a friendly e-mail or an appealing marketing offer can have serious consequences. Private information and images can so easily be transmitted to friends and strangers alike.” Seriously.

I’m not sure that Mr. Lee needed to resign; after all, a lot of senators and congressmen have stayed in office — Republicans John Ensign and David Vitter, for example — after being caught doing a lot worse … or better, depending on your point of view. They at least consummated their adultery; Mr. Lee was just looking. But for the sheer fun of seeing someone getting busted for doing what he campaigns against, Mr. Lee lives up to his own words: “I promise not to disappoint.”