Read this: Rep. Chris Lee resigns hours after Craigslist flirtation report
So, maybe you've heard? A married congressman resigned Wednesday, barely three hours after he was caught purporting to be single in a cheesy shirtless Craigslist flirtation. It's a big story headed for the Post's front page.
Poor Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), still so new to Washington he'd never had a chance to be in our column. He fell from grace "in a single afternoon, undone at the speed of the digital age," write our colleagues David Fahrehthold and Aaron Blake. "At lunchtime Wednesday, he was an obscure but promising second-term congressman." Then Gawker posted emails between Lee and an unidentified single lady. "By 6 p.m., a clerk was announcing Lee's resignation in the House chamber."
Well, that's Thursday's A1 story. For a few hours, though, as we tried to make sense of this bizarre saga, it looked like it might be a task for The Reliable Source. Here's how we broke it down in a draft of a story quickly made irrelevant when Lee acknowledged the indiscretion with his resignation...
On the one hand: The man, who identified himself as a Christopher Lee, looks exactly like Rep. Lee, and used the same email address that the congressman listed on his since-deleted Facebook page, Gawker reports.
On the other hand: What married politician would be stupid enough to troll for women online using his name, email and photo?
The Reliable Source
| February 9, 2011; 11:34 PM ET
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