Married Republican Congressman Christopher Lee, from suburban Buffalo, abruptly resigned Wednesday, apologizing in a statement for what he said were "profound mistakes" after a shirtless photo of him surfaced on the gossip media Web site Gawker.
The lawmaker, who had just begun his second term, issued an apologetic statement on his Congressional Web site.
"I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents," he said. "I deeply apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness."
Gawker reported that a woman described as a Maryland resident and government employee provided the site with e-mails she said were from Lee in response to an ad she placed in the "Women Seeking Men" section of Craigslist.
Lee's statement did not confirm the report.
It falls to Governor Andrew Cuomo to call a special election for the seat.
Lee was one of just eight Republicans in the state's 29-member delegation.
With the Associated Press