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Rep. Christopher Lee Resigns After Craigslist Photo Emerges

Washington (CNN) - CNN's Dana Bash reports that Rep. Christopher Lee – a New York Republican – has resigned after reports surfaced that the married congressman was trying to meet women on Craigslist, according to a GOP source with direct knowledge of the matter.

A GOP source tells CNN's Deirdre Walsh it was Lee's decision to resign and a senior GOP leadership aide says that Lee has notified Speaker John Boehner.

At approximately 5:59pm, the member presiding over the House chamber announced that Rep. Lee resigned effectively immediately and the number of the House is now at 434 Members.

Gawker.com initially reported that Lee had been trying to meet women on Craigslist.

Rep. Lee issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:

Statement from Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26)

Wednesday February 09, 2011

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.

"The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, and so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately."

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