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Congressman Chris Lee Had A Womanizing Problem

February 11, 2011

It seemed hard to fathom how news of the shirtless Congress Chris Lee could force a resignation within hours of the news breaking.  There had to be more to the story than a first time attempt to break his marriage vows.  Things do not evolve this quickly with a story of this type without more to report.

Now there is news that there indeed was more.

Accusations of inappropriate behavior involving women have trailed Chris Lee since he first ran for Congress in 2008, sources in both political parties said Thursday.

Politicians were continuing to grapple with Wednesday’s quick resignation by Lee after a website accused the married congressman of sending a picture of himself shirtless to a woman on Craigslist.

Several people contacted the campaign of Lee’s Democratic opponent in 2008, Alice J. Kryzan, to say they had firsthand knowledge of Lee cheating on, or attempting to cheat on, his wife, two sources with knowledge of the campaign said.

Kryzan decided against pursuing the accusations because she didn’t want to run a dirty campaign, the sources said.

Meanwhile, political sources from both parties in Washington confirmed that there long had been suspicions about Lee’s behavior. Lee was one of several lawmakers whom then-House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio — now speaker of the House — warned last year about partying with female lobbyists.

Boehner told Lee and several other junior lawmakers to “knock it off,” Politico.com reported.

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