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Posted at 11:34 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Read this: Rep. Chris Lee resigns hours after Craigslist flirtation report

By The Reliable Source

A screengrab of Gawker's posting on Rep. Christopher Lee's alleged Craigslist gun show.

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?

Read this: Rep. Chris Lee resigns after reports of Craigslist flirtation

By The Reliable Source  | February 9, 2011; 11:34 PM ET
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Posted by: merachefet | February 10, 2011 5:22 AM | Report abuse

No one could possibly be this stupid. He must be trying to cover up what for him is a darker secret. Lord only knows what kind of kink this yokel may have discovered here in the big city. I'd be checking surveillance footage from the Crew Club for one thing and encouraging folks in western NY to lock up their livestock for another.

As a member of Congress he should have gotten his groove on in the tradional way, at a urinal in a Union Station restroom.

Posted by: SoCali | February 10, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

That's a rather bad impersonation of the Old Spice guy right there. Keep your shirt on and your pants zipped up.

Posted by: ehsmith1 | February 10, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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