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graz
02-09-2011, 09:30 PM
I'm sorry for I have sinned. (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/congressman-chris-lee-resigns-shirtless-photo-posted-internet/story?id=12878937)

Why not approach if from this angle?
I am loud and proud! (http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/116078/is_republican_representative_julia_hurley)

bjkeefe
02-09-2011, 09:53 PM
I'm sorry for I have sinned. (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/congressman-chris-lee-resigns-shirtless-photo-posted-internet/story?id=12878937)

Kind of surprising that he resigned if that (http://gawker.com/#!5755071/married-gop-congressman-sent-sexy-pictures-to-craigslist-babe) is all there was. I'm inclined to think he was worried about what other liasons would crop up if someone looked through Craiglist's archives. Or if the story encouraged others to come forward.

Have to love that his first instinct was to say, "Wasn't me, my 'puter was haxxored!!!1!," though. Now, where have we heard that before?

chiwhisoxx
02-09-2011, 10:02 PM
Not directly about the Lee scandal, but this excellent Chris Hayes piece is pertinent, and the best thing I've read on sex scandals and politics. Even though it's a bit old, Chris tweeted today he still feels the same way.

http://www.chrishayes.org/articles/original-sin/

bjkeefe
02-09-2011, 10:11 PM
I'm sorry for I have sinned. (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/congressman-chris-lee-resigns-shirtless-photo-posted-internet/story?id=12878937)

Flashback of the Day

"Through the Internet, with a few keystrokes and the click of a button, a young person can call up information for a research project, make new friends or discover new hobbies. At the same time, responding to what may seem like a friendly e-mail or an appealing marketing offer can have serious consequences. Private information and images can so easily be transmitted to friends and strangers alike."

-- Rep. Christopher Lee (R-NY), writing for the Tonawanda News (http://chrislee.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=78&sectiontree=75,78&itemid=759) in June 2009, ...

In the ex-Congressman's defense, his piece was headlined, "Teen Internet safety must be a priority."

[Political Wire (http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/02/09/flashback_of_the_day.html) via Pareene (http://www.salon.com/news/politics/us_house_of_representatives/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/02/09/chris_lee_craigslist) via Scocca (http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/scocca/archive/2011/02/09/chris-lee-sex-scandal-reveals-common-dirty-washington-fantasy.aspx)]

graz
02-09-2011, 10:12 PM
Not directly about the Lee scandal, but this excellent Chris Hayes piece is pertinent, and the best thing I've read on sex scandals and politics. Even though it's a bit old, Chris tweeted today he still feels the same way.

http://www.chrishayes.org/articles/original-sin/

To understand why, you have to ask whether there is actually an original sin here--whether anything contained in the divorce papers is really so objectionable. And the answer is no. What is scandalous about the fact that three or four times Ryan cajoled his wife into going to racy clubs? They were married; maybe he thought this would inject spark into their sex life. Or maybe he had a fantasy about public sex and wanted to try it with the woman he loved. That is weird, but is it really so terrible? Is it even morally wrong in any serious way?

The problem it seems is that the answer to his question is yes for all too many. And those like myself that say no, still enjoy pointing and highlighting any hint of hypocrisy. It's fine to make distinctions, but to expect political operatives to play by idealized rules is a joke.

bjkeefe
02-09-2011, 10:15 PM
Not directly about the Lee scandal, but this excellent Chris Hayes piece is pertinent, and the best thing I've read on sex scandals and politics. Even though it's a bit old, Chris tweeted today he still feels the same way.

http://www.chrishayes.org/articles/original-sin/

First, let's just agree that anyone who hands over Jeri Ryan to other men to have sex with clearly does not have the judgment to be in any sort of position of authority.

As for the rest, feh. When Republicans stop being such finger-wagging scolds about any- and everything to do with the sexytime, that's when it'll stop being so delicious to catch them in these things. Until then, hunting season is wiiiide open.

bjkeefe
02-10-2011, 06:50 AM
I'm sorry for I have sinned. (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/congressman-chris-lee-resigns-shirtless-photo-posted-internet/story?id=12878937)

When the going gets weird?

Correct, you Hunter Thompson fan you: The weird turn pro (http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/56514/lee-resigns-and-now-the-special/).

The resignation of fake lobbyist and all-round "fit fun classy guy" Chris Lee means complications, even more so than usual.

For one thing, NY is scheduled to lose two seats in Congress (due to the census Michele Bachmann was unable to prevent). This means ... redistricting!

For another, one of the names that has come up as a candidate for replacement is ... Carl Paladino!