Yesterday at lunchtime, married father-of-one Chris Lee was a member of Congress, a U.S. Representative from New York. Today, he’s not a Congressperson anymore, and well on his way to achieving the status he had claimed in an amorous email to some random Craigslist L4M: divorced lobbyist.
(Like someone on Twitter pointed out yesterday, at least he was looking for a woman, which is a refreshing change for Republican sex scandals.)
While I can’t suppress a little Nelson Muntz-like “Ha Ha” (especially considering former Rep. Lee is a Republican, the party of morals, marriage defense, and the regulation of other people’s bedroom habits), I have to point out that this was not an issue of Republican or Democrat failings, but one of Horny Male Who Thinks He Can Get Away With It, and those come both in liberal and conservative flavors. I will, however, note the following:
If you’re in a high-profile public job like, say, Member of Congress, and you use your real name while trolling Craigslist for some extra-marital action, you are dumber than a tub of mushrooms, and I wouldn’t trust you to run my checkbook, much less the affairs of the nation.