The PR response that WON’T work in a crisis

To explain why married congressman Christopher Lee was e-flirting with a woman he met on Craiglist, a spokesman for the disgraced (and now former) GOP lawmaker told Gawker that his boss’s Gmail account was hacked. Nice try.

Now we know why.

Yesterday, the popular blog published an expose about Rep. Christopher Lee—a married Republican from upstate New York—who flirted with a D.C. area woman he found on Craiglist. As part of their communication, Lee e-mailed her a topless picture of himself. Just three hours after the story broke, Lee resigned from Congress. You can read the press release announcing his resignation. Here’s the reading of Lee’s resignation on the House floor.

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