Rep. Christopher Smith's official web site
Rep. Chris Smith. Rep. Christopher Smith's official web site
As far as Washington sex scandals go, it certainly wasn't the worst though, apropos of our zippy Internet age, it had to be among the fastest from start to finish. Call it a flash scandal.
The end came when Rep. Christopher Lee's immediate resignation from Congress was announced on the House floor Wednesday evening by a reading clerk only three hours after the scandal broke.
Lee, a two-term Republican who represented a district in Western New York that's nearly at the U.S.-Canadian border, quit after Internet gossip site Gawker published a beefcake, Old Spice guy-style photo of Lee the married congressman reportedly sent a woman he met through Craigslist.
In a statement on his web site, Lee said:
"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."
As Gawker reported, the 39-year old then-congressman had responded to a Craigslist women-looking-for-men ad by describing himself as divorced, a lobbyist and a "fit fun classy guy."
That's pretty much the entire scandal as far as I can tell. Again, from its emergence on the Internet to its end on the House floor took about three hours. Can the three-minute long Washington scandal be far off?